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|This is a whole bunch of immature buttons. This species of mushroom smells
strongly like sweet almonds. This picture was taken with an old Pentax Auto 110
|Twin Morel mushrooms growing alongside the trail along Bubb's Creek in
King's Canyon National Park. There were only about 7 mushrooms growing here and
there and they were very small. You're not supposed to touch mushrooms in a
National Park, and I had no butter anyway, so I left 'em to the deer, which were
nibbling them away as they strolled up and down the canyon.
||One year after I took the picture above, I went hiking on a trail further
north in the sierra and came across a patch of thousands of these mushrooms.
Here is a single cluster of 7.|
||Here's a whole table full of 'em. The better tasting chanterelles are the
tiny ones, in my opinion. They resemble cashew nuts somewhat when they are that
|One good idea is to take a small knife out while picking. If you trim the
dirty part of the stem off before you put the mushroom in the basket, the
process of cleaning the mushrooms when you get home is much easier.
One common species which can be confused with Chanterelles is the Woolly
Chanterelle. It's a similar looking mushroom which grows in similar habitat.
Fortunately, it's not deadly poisonous, and it's fairly easy to tell the two
apart once you've seen a picture.
||Here's a close-up of two Chanterelles growing on the forest floor. You can
see the wavy edges of the cap. There is a great deal of shape variation of this
species; the young mushrooms tend to look perfect; they can get this irregular
look with age.|
All photos Copyright © by Adam Lane. All rights reserved.