You’ll not find these beauties in the market. They grow in the shade of old red alder trees. They aren’t harvested like their blue siblings. They produce scattered bright red gems that birds love. The berries are tart and bright. It’s hard to gather enough for pie, but stepping outside to pick a handful for my breakfast or for a delightful snack is to accept gifts from the divine. And I am grateful.
Boletus chrysenteron, the cracked-cap bolete, is not poisonous. But it is slimy and unappetizing when cooked. A troop of these grow along the path from the driveway to the yurt.
Their cracked surface and yellow tubes distinguish this from other boletes. The spores are a brilliant greenish yellow. The cracked-cap is an interesting little fellow.
The beautiful golden chantrelle peeks from undisturbed fir needles in back of our little property. What a glorious sight, to happen on a bountiful patch of golden chantrelles. The feeling, after clambering through the branches up the hill and arriving at the top where they were growing in sunny abundance, was like reading Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden chantrelles.
To dry sautee chantrelles, brush gently and well. Pull out pine needles (we do this on site, over the ground.) Slice them. Put them in a skillet over medium – medium-high heat. Salt. Stir constantly. The mushrooms will give off liquid. Cook in their own juices until the juice evaporates. Add a pat of butterand cook 5 minutes more. Add garlic (or whatever, or nothing) cook 2 – 3 minutes longer, or until the Room smells so good, it knocks your socks off.
Chicken pot pie was made with sauteed mushrooms, chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery, onion & white sauce in a fresh pie crust.
We went on a mushroom hunt after school this week. Beautiful fungi popped out everywhere! And the hunt ended in dinner. Nathan had scoped out a Golden Chantrelle patch. We picked and cleaned a bunch of them and carried them back in my sweatshirt. Delicious.
Note: Not all of them! We left plenty to mature and propagate.