Last Updated - 7.24.2013
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
Cinnabar Red Chanterelle
This is probably a mushroom species that most people will not make a special trip to pick. They are just so small and dainty. However, the size should not dissuade you from gathering these if you are already out-and-about picking other varieties.
Flavor is delicate. Cleaning is easy. And there is no chopping up required. Additionally, you will rarely, if ever, find these with larvae riddled worm holes.
Red Chanterelles have caps that get about as big as a dime. You'll need a lot to get any for a meal. However, when the weather conditions are right you can find these in abundance in the moss along creek banks.
This is a native trout stream with miles of moss covered banks on both sides.
Picking along the bank is real peaceful and often, during the season these grow - July to September - you may also run across Hedgehogs, Golden Chanterelles, Horn of Plenty and Boletus' growing nearby.
Cinnabar chanterelles have the classic chanterelle gill-like ridges. Just a bit more sharply defined rather than blunt. You will however be able to tell the veining between the gill-like ridges. That veining needs to be there to be certain that it is the correct mushroom you are picking.
They have the name cinnabar because the mushroom has a cinnabar-like hue when fresh. The color cinnabar is a color almost in mid-range between red and brown - with a hint of pinkishness thrown in.
The stems are thin. They have the color of the caps on the upper parts. The lowest part of the stem is very light cream colored or whitish.
Along with the paper bags I keep in my daypack when going on a foray I also keep a couple of styrofoam coffee cups, with lids, in case I run across smaller chanterelles to pick.
Often times I can fill a 20 oz. coffee cup with some sort of small chanterelles ( black trumpets, horn of plenty, winter chanterelles, funnel chanterelles, etc ).
It's a great bonus finding these.
I love them in scrambled eggs Sunday morning.
Cantharellus cinnabarinus - A/K/A - Red Chanterelle, Cinnabar Chanterelle.
Weather conditions are usually wet or damp where the streams / creeks are, even in hot summers, so the growing conditions are usually right for these Red Chanterelles.