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
Cantharellus lateritius = Craterellus cantharellus
Smooth Chanterelle.If there is ever a time when picking the wrong mushroom from what is sought is a blessing then these are it.
In July and August, during wet weather here in southwestern Pennsylvania, thousands and thousands of Golden Chanterelles are picked. Hundred and hundreds of the pickers of those Golden Chanterelles are probably not aware that among their basket of Golden Chanterelles are hundreds and hundreds of Smooth Chanterelles. Of course, making an error such as that is a good thing because the Smooth Chanterelle is every bit as good.
In fact, when the subject of Chanterelle picking comes up none of my friends that pick wild mushrooms regularly make any distinction between the two species.
Smooth Chanterelles grow in the same places as Golden Chanterelles, that is, mostly in deciduous woods in our area. On occasion they can be found in pine woods. The best woods for these have a lot of oak and beech trees.
Even though these are Smooth Chanterelles they are lumped in with, and commonly called Golden Chanterelles, because they are often a gold color. However they are just as often more of an orange color, like a hunter's suit, especially when young and fresh.
Just about always they have a wavy margin. And when very young that margin is enrolled a bit.
They can be described as having a depressed center, sometimes so depressed that they can take on a musical 'Horn-like' appearance or funnel shape.
Here is a lumped group of Golden and Smooth Chanterelles. The ones in the front 'Smooth', the ones in the rear 'Golden'.
As can be seen in the photo above, these two different species are so close visually that it's no big deal in lumping them together.an
Sometimes the ridges are a bit easy to see and other times you really have to look close to see them.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On occasion, careless pickers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Cantharellus lateritius ( sometimes Craterellus cantharellus ) - A/K/A - Smooth Chanterelles.
Weather conditions were dry for several days. Generally the season has been dry during the end of July and early August. This particular area however is very damp on most occasions, even in dry weather.