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Old Sep 26, 2010, 9:35 pm   #1
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Chanterelles?

Growing on the ground but generally next to dead wood. I ate two small ones flavor similiar to morel, but more intense. Found a dozen or so this afternoon.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 7:38 am   #2
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Re: Chanterelles?

Howdy Bruce...

well, won't get on my high horse but if you're not sure don't eat. Hate to see anyone make themself sick or worse.

They do have a close resemblence to chanterelles. I'd like to see the underside of the cap more closely but those look more like ridges than true gills. If they are false gills then yes, those are chants.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 8:19 am   #3
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Re: Chanterelles?

Here is a better photo of the underside of one.

Yes I know the "rule" about being absolutely certain BEFORE consuming. Unfortunately I'm not sure that is possible, I was 95% certain and followed the other rule of one or two bites and wait. Same as I did Saturday with what I presume are oyster mushrooms (two bites for lunch, four for supper). Not much flavor, I can see why onions and seasoning are recommended. Might pick them if I trip over them but not worth hunting for (my opinion). The "chants" were excellent, better than a morel. I might go look for more this afternoon.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:50 am   #4
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Those are 100% absoultely postive chants. You find those recently? I see you're in Iowa so very possible. As far as I know their season is well past here.

Those do look like oysters. Angelwing variety if I had to guess. What did the flesh smell like (uncooked)? There are three varieties of oysters, two of which can look similar to what you have. The ones I'm most familair with typically have more color and smell of anise/licorice and are pretty tasty.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 9:50 pm   #5
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Re: Chanterelles?

Found the chants yesterday and a few more this evening. Very tasty. The oysters I found have little aroma or flavor.
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