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White Chanterelle I'm such a chicken… I actually saw a few chanterelles - these white ones and a fair number of light orange ones- yesterday, but I have no desire to be wrong :p - even though chanterelles are supposed to be pretty safe. There were a great number of lobster mushrooms too, which are also supposed to pretty safe, but the consequences of being wrong…. (and it's been pretty wet recently… a lot of the shrooms showed signs of being a bit soggy, which is never too nice) Cantharellus subalbidus,Geotagged,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

White Chanterelle

I'm such a chicken… I actually saw a few chanterelles - these white ones and a fair number of light orange ones- yesterday, but I have no desire to be wrong :p - even though chanterelles are supposed to be pretty safe. There were a great number of lobster mushrooms too, which are also supposed to pretty safe, but the consequences of being wrong…. (and it's been pretty wet recently… a lot of the shrooms showed signs of being a bit soggy, which is never too nice)

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  1. Can you elaborate on the danger, I don't understand what you are suggesting? Posted 6 years ago
  2. It seems like even the "safe" mushrooms usually have one or two poisonous imitators… Even chanterelles, which I gather are relatively easy to identify, have 2 lookalikes that you wouldn't want to accidentally eat. While I think I can see the differences between the real ones and the ones you can't eat, the consequences of being wrong are unappealing enough to keep me buying my mushrooms from reputable sources, rather than collecting them. Posted 6 years ago
  3. Chanterelles are a highly prized edible mushroom, similar in fame to that of the morel. Collecting mushrooms to eat without knowing the differences between the edible spp. and the imitators can end very badly for the collector if they accidentally pick the wrong ones. I am with you morpheme, I won't collect any mushroom to eat other than morels, simply because I am just not 100% with my field ID on chanterelles and other edibles yet. Posted 6 years ago

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''Cantharellus subalbidus'', the white chanterelle, is a fungus native to California and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. It is a member of the genus ''Cantharellus'' along with other popular edible chanterelles. It is similar in appearance to other chanterelles except for its cream to white color and orange bruising.

''C. subalbidus'' may form a mycorrhizal association with species of pine, hemlock, Douglas-fir, and Pacific madrone. ''C. subalbidus'' has been found to be.. more

Similar species: Cantharellales
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Uploaded Nov 9, 2014. Captured Nov 8, 2014 13:53 in Olympic National Forest, Unnamed Road, Washington, USA.
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