Last Updated - 7.24.2013
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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Aborted Armillaria
Armillaria abortivum
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Formerly
Aborted entoloma

Almost Bluing
King Boletus

Boletus subcaerulescens

Artist's Conk
Ganoderma applanatum

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Black Trumpets
Craterellus fallax

Blewits
Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Chaga
Inonotus obliquus

Comb Tooth
Hericium coralloides

Common Laccaria
Laccaria laccata

Corrugated Cap Milky
Lactarius corrugis

Giant Puffball
Langemannia gigantea

Golden Chanterelle
Cantharellus cibarius

Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Dentinum repandum

Hedgehog Little
Dentinum umbilicatum

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Honey Mushrooms
Armilleria mellea

Horn of Plenty
Craterellus cornucopioides

Horse Mushroom
Agaricus arvensis

Hygrophorus Milky
Lactarius hygrophoroides

Lilac Bolete
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Hericium erinaceus

Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Agaricus compestris

Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Quilted Green Russula
Russula virescens

Red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Rooted Oudemansiella
Oudemansiella radicata

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Smooth Chanterelle
Cantharellus lateritius

Tinder Fungus
Fomes fomentarius

Turkey Tail
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor

Voluminous-latex Milky
Lactarius volemus

Winter Chanterelle
Cantharellus tubaeformis
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RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE

The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Cantharellus cinnabarinus

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.
Photo of Cantharellus cinnabarinus - Red Chanterelles mushrooms


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.
Photo of Red Chanterelles mushrooms growing in moss along a creek bank - Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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.
Close-up photo of Cantharellus cinnabarinus - Red Chanterelles mushrooms growing in moss along creek bank

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.
Photo of Cantharellus cinnabarinus - Red Chanterelles mushrooms demonstrating size by being held in my hand.
Note the upswept little specimen on the lower right of the photo above ( Click the photo for close-up ). It's a good example of the veining between the gill-like ridges. You should be able to see a bit of veining like that in those you pick.

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.
Photo of a group of freshly picked Cantharellus cinnabarinus - Red Chanterelles mushrooms
In the picture above you can pick out the pinkishness in the gill-like surfaces on some of those laying in the moss.

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.
Photo of a nice bunch of Red Chanterelles mushrooms ready for the table - Cantharellus cinnabarinus


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 ).
Photo of three varieties of 'small' chanterelles. From left to right, Cantharellus ignicolor, Cantharellus cinnabarinus and Craterellus cornucopiodes
It's a great bonus finding these.
I love them in scrambled eggs Sunday morning.

Cantharellus cinnabarinus - A/K/A - Red Chanterelle, Cinnabar Chanterelle.
DATE - July through August 13 give or take a week at either end.
FOUND - 'Near Kregar, Pa. - close to Camp Run. Also along the mossy creek banks at Laurel Hill State Park and Kooser State Park.
Open woods with an abundance of oak, beech trees. Especially wet mossy places along streams and brooks.

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.

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