Sunday, July 19, 2015

Foraging Chanterelle & Chicken of the woods mushrooms in July

For the last month, James and I have been foraging several types of berries and mushrooms, in the woods behind our house. We have picked Dewberries, huckleberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The berry picking has come to an end; mostly because of the daily, heavy rainfall.
While foraging for berries, we also harvested Chanterelle and Chicken of the woods mushrooms. These mushrooms are easy to identify, especially Chicken of the woods. Because we have had so much rain in Kentucky, it has been one of the best years for mushrooms. Every where I look is a new and interested mushroom.

Below is a picture of today's haul of Chanterelle and Chicken of the woods mushrooms.

For a look at the other mushroom harvests, go to my previous posts here and here


  1. Hi,
    How do you prepare those "Chickens of the woods" ? On this side of the Atlantic, they are not really appreciated...

    1. This was my first time eating them, and I think I under-cooked them. But the under-cooking was no problem. Chicken of the woods is not an issue to clean at all. They don't have gills or a stem, so it doesn't seem like parasites or small insects live inside of these mushrooms. I recommend harvesting them in the very early stages, and remember to cut mushrooms at the stem and leave the volva & mycelium.
      After cleaning, I tore them into strips like you would prepare chanterelle mushrooms. Then lightly steam/cook with oil and seasonings of your choice. Serve with rice.