How can you tell chanterelles from false chanterelles?
- Chanterelles have forked ridges (not true gills) that are light in color and kind of rubbery to the touch.
- False Chanterelles have forked orange gills that can be separated (they move when stroked and are deeper than those of true Chanterelles).
Are Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca edible?
The thin, often forked gills on the underside of the cap run partway down the length of the otherwise smooth stipe. Reports on the mushroom’s edibility vary – it is considered poisonous, but has historically been eaten internationally.
Is there a false chanterelle?
Although the False Chanterelle is not known as a seriously toxic toadstool, there are reports that some people have suffered hallucinations after eating this species. The False Chanterelle should therefore be treated with caution, and we recommend that it should be considered as inedible.
What happens if you eat a false chanterelle mushroom?
False chanterelles may or may not be considered poisonous, but they aren’t recommended for eating. As mentioned above, their flavor isn’t nearly as desirable as true chanterelles, and consuming them may cause mild illness in some people.
Is there a poisonous chanterelle look alike?
There’s only one poisonous chanterelle look alike, the Jack-O-Lantern mushroom (Omphalotus olearius). While the Jack-O-Lantern mushroom is, in fact, an orange mushroom, that’s about where the similarity ends. Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms have true gills, that are not blunt like chanterelle gills.
Are false chanterelles hallucinogenic?
Although some people eat false chanterelle without ill effects, others are mildly sickened. There are also unconfirmed reports of hallucinations in people who ate this mushroom[vi]. While the false chanterelle can’t be definitively said to be poisonous, it’s not recommended, and reportedly tastes terrible anyway.