Cantharellus lateritius – Smooth Chanterelles

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Smooth Chanterelles (Cantharellus lateritius) are a type of chanterelle that sometimes lacks the wrinkles, or false gills, under its cap. 
Chanterelles are a summer mushroom that can be found after consistent rains and humid weather. Chanterelles grow in soil, often near water and along walking paths.
The mushroom uniquely has the same color across the entire fruiting body. The underside of the cap has false gills, or wrinkles. Sometimes the wrinkles are absent in the Smooth Chanterelle.
Chanterelles have not been commercially grown due to their mycorrhizal relationships with trees. Chanterelles can grow for 2-3 weeks if they receive consistent rain. They also tend to be bug resistant.
Chanterelles can be sautéed or dried and powdered. Chanterelle powder has been used to flavor liquor, ice cream, vinegar, and Alfredo sauce.
Chanterelles must be differentiated from their toxic look-alike, the Jack O’ Lantern mushroom (Omphalotus illudens). Jack O’ Lanters grow on wood, have true gills, have joined stems at their base, have a slimier texture, and glow in the dark.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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