Common Name: Black Trumpet
Scientific Name: Craterellus cornucopioides (formerly known as C. fallax
Spore Print Color: pinkish, yellow to white
Characteristics: Small trumpet shaped mushrooms. When young the outside surface may have a salmon or light brown color, or they may be some shade of grey. As they mature they tend to become darker, even black, thus the common name.
Edibility: Good, although personally I feel they are over-rated. They are small and don't amount to much when used as a stand-alone mushroom. I prefer them dried, ground to a dust and added to mushroom dishes for enhanced flavor.
Time of year: July through September. I found my first black trumpets this year (2006) and do enjoy looking for them,
Location: Mossy knolls seem to be where the black trumpet prefers to fruit. Maybe because that's where I look. Beech trees seem to play a role in the habitat as well. You'll have to really look hard to find your first black trumpets. They tend to be difficult to see, at least at first.
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