Main features of Black Chanterelles:
Dark gray or black in color, its peculiar trumpet shape gives us an obvious clue where its popular name comes from.
It is a mushroom, which like Cantharellus cibarius, or golden chanterelle, hardly rots.
We can find it both in spring and in the middle of winter.
It usually appears abundantly, forming groups, in the most humid areas of the forests.
Especially it will appear near cork oaks, holm oaks, oaks; in general, broad-leaved tree forests.
It is very frequent to locate them near streams, the margins of these; areas sometimes with more difficult access for the mushroom hunter. Sometimes the black chanterelles can be found a little hidden in the ivy.
Black Chanterelles Edibility:
Black chanterelles, or Craterellus cornucopiodes, is a very tasty mushroom.
Black trumpets are very suitable to be dried: if we place them on newspaper, in a place without humidity, in a few days they will be completely dried.
As they dry, we will notice how they give off a very pleasant and characteristic aroma.
Later, we can keep them in glass jars, and it will only be necessary to rehydrate them when we want to cook them.
Once dry, they can also be crushed, and the resulting powder used as a condiment.
Possible confusions of other mushrooms with Black Chanterelles:
It is quite similar to the gray trumpet (Cantharellus Cinereus), which is also edible.
Cantharellus cinereus, gray trumpet.
The thin, stringy flesh of Black Chanterelles hardly rots.
Meaning of the edibility symbols:
No special culinary interest
ATTENTION: Requires special considerations
CAUTION: Toxic / Inedible
Do not risk eating mushrooms without first checking 100% what species it is and its possible edibility.
It is not worth risking your health and, in the worst case, your life, or that of others.
It is always advisable to consult the help of expert mycologists, or the relevant health authorities, when it comes to safely determining the edibility of any mushroom, and never, we repeat, never risk eating a mushroom from which they have doubts.
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