Observation 110195: Cantharellus Adans. ex Fr.

When: 2012-09-17

Collection location: Gordon Meadows, Willamette National Forest, Linn Co., Oregon, USA [Click for map]

44.0° 122.0° 4m

Who: maynardjameskeenan

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Recognized by sight: White, stout, from Oregon.

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Cantharellus species
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-17 22:16:19 PDT (-0700)

do not bleach that I know of. I looked up Gordon Meadows on your map, and have travelled Hwy 20 many many times before, so know the approximate area you were in. Likely C. subalbidus, a species more common to higher elevations in the Cascades.

C. cibarius var. roseocanus does not have white hymenium. Also in my experience C. cibarius var. roseocanus is species specific with Sitka spruce.

Regarding safety of Cantharellus infected by other fungi: I wouldn’t suggest eating it. Because I don’t know. I do find C. formosus occasionally parasitized by another fungus locally. I don’t think the species of parasitization is fully recognized at this time. I discard any affected specimens. Sometimes I throw the whole lot out, if they were in contact with non-affected chanterelles.

Cantharellus formosus is ALWAYS (even when very immature, and sometimes even when still underground) golden yellow. Cantharellus subalbidus is ALWAYS white or off-white. It is stout, with a much meatier stipe and thicker pileus. C. subalbidus has a better flavor too.

By: maynardjameskeenan
2012-09-17 19:14:27 PDT (-0700)

I was under the impression that the whitish color on some of the caps was due to sun bleaching, I could be wrong. Do you think they are still safe to eat if they are infested by a parasitic fungus? I was also under the impression that they are something like Cantharellus formosus, they are mostly yellow (golden) in color, I may have picked them prematurely as they are still fairly small. Last year in this location I found a patch of these numbering in the thousands.

Unfamiliar with your location,
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-09-17 18:29:01 PDT (-0700)

but these appear to be Cantharellus subalbidus, a whitish strain of chanterelle. To me, this is the best eating chanterelle around.

But like anything good, there is something else that needs to be noted here. Several of your specimens appear to have another fungus growing on them. That sometimes happens when the collection area has had more rainfall than typical. (For Oregon, for this year, I find that hard to believe. We had record rainfall for March, April, May and June this year – which should equate to a bumper crop of chanterelles.)

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