Cantharellus Cibarius / Cantharellus Pallens or Subpruinosus.
Golden chanterelles main features:
We are going to do a general review of these types of mushrooms. We must bear in mind that there are different species, among which I highlight Cantharellus cibarius + Cantharellus pallens or subpruinosus. Later we will see the main differences between these two.
Of solid consistency, it has a very characteristic bright yellow color (the pallens or subpruinosus in general being whiter tones), which facilitates its visualization when looking for it.
Its hat, which can reach 4 to 10 cm, is initially more flattened. As it grows, it usually takes a “funnel” shape.
The lower part of this hat is made up of folds and veins, without well differentiated blades.
Its very pleasant, fruity smell stands out mainly.
Golden chanterelles have the particularity of not being attacked by larvae, thus being one of the mushrooms that are kept in optimal conditions in the forest for the longest time.
As he gets older, the tips of his hat usually turn a little black, and the trunk darker, a more brownish color.
It is a mushroom that we can find in various habitats: holm oak, cork oak, beech, chestnut, oak and coniferous forests.
Rain, although it is necessary for the proper development and appearance of any mushroom, plays a very important role in the case of the Cantharellus cibarius, or golden chanterelle.
This rain, or the lack of it, will determine to a great extent what we can find, more or less abundant.
It is from spring to autumn, in any case, the times when we can go out and look for it.
Golden chanterelles edibility:
It is an excellent edible: it can be eaten raw (although in moderation, as some people may find it somewhat indigestible).
It is also very suitable to be dried.
The mushroom has very small traces of amanitins, which does not pose any danger, since we would need to ingest hundreds of kilos at once to suffer some type of poisoning.
It is advisable, in any case, to cook a little long, if we want to avoid that possible indigestible point that for some people it may have.
Main differences between Cantharellus cibarius vs Cantharellus pallens or subpruinosus
- Cantharellus cibarius has a smaller size.
- Cantharellus Cibarius is more aromatic.
- Cantharellus Pallens o Subpruinosus shows whitish tones.
- Cantharellus Cibarius has practically total absence of color change when handled.
- Cantharellus cibarius shows a greater preference for forests with an Atlantic climate.
Possible confusion of other mushrooms with Golden chanterelles:
Mainly, we will mention two mushrooms that look especially like golden chanterelles:
1. On the one hand, the false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca), also edible, although it is considered of little culinary value.
2. And, on the other hand, the olive gyrgoyle (Omphalotus olearius), which is toxic.
This mushroom causes serious disorders, such as vomiting, diarrhea and severe stomach pains shortly after eating it.
Golden chanterelles have the peculiarity of not being attacked by larvae.
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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