We have been too busy to visit our usual yellow Chanterelle (Cantherellus cibarius) spot until yesterday. We were a bit worried that they would be totally dried, but thankfully we were wrong. Yes, we found many smallish specimens and some were too dry to take, but the bunch weighed in at 2 1/2 lbs. If it had rained recently, they would have been much heavier. Ron cooked them with olive oil, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, and a hint of anchovies over pasta. Yum!
We also found a small Hawk’s wing (Sarcodon imbricatum,) a small black Chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex,) and fresh firm Coral (Ramaria sp?) as possible edibles. If all this sounds surprising in the drought, it is. We hunted in and near swamps, that weren’t swampy, on the west side. In a “normal” year, we find many more mushrooms and come home with wet feet instead of dry.
It is a popular deer and elk hunting area and the roads were busy with big trucks and dust. Be sure to wear bright colors out there and make lots of noise!