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

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 minor

Yellow Chanterelles / Small Chanterelles

Not to be confused with the Golden Chanterelles. If you spot these and think ' wow, the golden chanterelles are just starting to pop up' you will be wrong!
These don't get bigger. You can wait until you turn blue but they will still be dinky little things in a week, only they will be verging on 'over-ripe'.
They are a different species afterall.
The coloring is very close to it's big brother though so it is possible for beginners to think they are just starting. However, the coloring is slightly more on the yellow side than gold - mostly.

These are small mushrooms. However, they oftentimes grow in moss and oftentimes there are hundreds so the picking can be quite easy.
Also, if they are growing in the moss, they are usually really clean which makes for practically no preparation in the kitchen.
Photo of a group of Small Yellow Chanterelles - Cantharellus Minor
If you have seen my other pages you will note that there is usually at least one photo of me holding the mushroom. I do that so that the viewer can get a good idea of what the size of the mushroom is.

As you can see in the photo below these mushrooms will fit 'several to a handful'.
Photo of a group of Small Yellow Chanterelles showing relative size - Cantharellus Minor

The cap color is yellow to dark yellow, approaching gold as the mushroom matures.
The gill-like spore bearing surface is often veined and is a darker shade than the cap. You can often get the impression that there is a bit of a mauve / light purplish tint to the underside.
Photo of a group of Small Yellow Chanterelles on moss - Cantharellus Minor

The stems are yellow, like the cap, and are usually slightly hollow.
Also, many of the stems you encounter on these mushrooms will be some shape other than perfectly round. They will be flattened in some portion of it's length and/or bent and twisted with indented areas.

Look at the photo below concentrating on the stems.
Close-up photo of a Yellow Chanterelles - Cantharellus Minor

These take very little cooking. I like to rinse a handful at a time in a little water and pat dry before throwing in a skillet. The taste is very agreeable, as is the tecture after cooking.
I use a little oil and butter. Preferably oil that is not real flavorful on it's own so that the flavor of the mushroom is not overpowered. When the oil/butter is hot add some of the mushrooms, wait about a minute or so to get the heat up again and add some more.

Another good thing about these little chanterelles, contrary to the larger varieties of chanterelles, is that they dry very well and reconstitute very well. That is always a great advantage since you can just spread them on your dashboard on a towel during you forays and when done for the day your mushrooms will probably be ready to store in a jar.


Cantharellus minor - A/K/A - Yellow Chanterelle, Small Chanterelle.
DATE - July 20 to August 28.
FOUND - Laurel Hill State Park, near Bakersville, Pennsylvania.
Growing on moss covered rocks among the Rhododendron. Also in the Forbes State Forest along various native trout streams where moss is prevalent.

Weather conditions: It has been very hot and dry in 2012 however where these mushrooms grow there is a tendency to be on the damp side, even in such weather.

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