Cinnabar Chanterelles

Came across these little gems after ripping up a beaver dam that was flooding an orchid bog. They were delicious.

Cinnabar Chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus) are exploding in area forests right now. They are smaller and have a more delicate flavor than musky golden chantarelles and hearty, woodsy morels. Their flavor is subtle and is easily overwhelmed by chives, so go especially easy when you sauté them. Makes for an attractive and delicious summer dish with pasta and a light, crisp white wine.

Like morels, this species is mycorrizhal, and so is difficult to cultivate outside of the wild. They prefer oaks and pine, especially where beds of moss are also found. Cinnabar chanterelles will remain dormant during dry years, but this wet June has produced large troops, some numbering in the hundreds. They’re very easy to identify, and are a great introduction for novice shroomers. Remember: always get a second and third id confirmation before eating! Pays to be safe.

Happy hunting–and bon apetit.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

2 thoughts on “Cinnabar Chanterelles

  1. y(O) Lord Whimsy, any hints on what area you’re talking when you say “area forests”? Southeast, way out west, middle earth, svartalfheim? Thanks for the tip in any case.

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