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Yellowfoot & other Small Chanterelles
aka: Winter Chanterelle, Trompetenpfifferling
Species: Craterellus lutescens, Craterellus tubaeformis, Craterellus ignicolor and others
Small. Hollow stem. Orange to yellow and sometimes darker — coloring depends on the species.
C. lutescens is lighter orange, closer to the coloring of a golden chanterelle. The hymenium (underside of a mushroom cap) can be white to orange.
C. tubaeformis has a browner top and the stem is can be dark brown-orange to yellow. See photos. The hymenium is grey to orangish.
Formally classified as a chanterelle — tastes and looks like they might be cousins. Sill known in North American as the Winter Chanterelle. Growing season is longer than golden chanterelles.
- Hollow stem
- Douglas Fir and Hemlock areas (especially in western North America)
- Oak, Beech and Birch areas (especially in eastern North America)
- Grows on rotten wood and moss
- Grows in groups of a handful+
- Tastes a bit peppery raw
- White-ish / cream to pink / salmon spore prints
- Dimple top
- Check with a local mushroom handbook for season
Widespread in temperate and cold climates of North America, Europe and Asia. Picked commercially in the PNW.
Edible and choice.My suggestions: Soups, stews, sauces. Retains shape well.
Also great for dehydrating.
Notes: To me, the smell is sweet and distinctive. I also find them to taste sweeter than a golden chanterelle, though Wikipedia reports the opposite. But another mushroom enthusiast also finds them to have a fragrant and fruity smell, especially noticable if put into a plastic bag for a few minutes.
C.unknown – A species on the west coast of North America has been identified as a separate species via DNA testing, but has not yet been named. I believe I may have found these myself — in the same area as Pine (Matsutake) mushrooms.
Link to other descriptions and photos of Winter Chanterelles: