What You Should Know
Cantharellus cinereus is a species of Cantharellus found growing in coniferous forests in Europe. The shape and grayish-black color of the fruiting bodies are reminiscent of small black trumpets (Craterellus cornucopioides), but do not have a smooth surface on the underside, but rather clear gray ridges. It has a mild taste when consumed raw. The cap grows between 2 and 15 cm in diameter.
The main season for this mushroom is from September to October where it can appear in big groups mainly in deciduous forests. Ashen chanterelle often grows between death trumpets and are therefore very often mistaken.
These mushrooms are excellent for soups, sauces, and mixed mushroom dishes.
Other names: Ashen Chanterelle, Pelēkā gailene (Latvia).
Cantharellus cinereus Mushroom Identification
1–15 cm in diameter, deepened in the middle, with a wavy-curved and often torn edge. Its coloration is gray to brown-black. The bottom of the cap is bluish-gray or ashy, with wrinkled, sometimes transverse flat plates. The cap gradually tapers into a stem. Due to its color and shape, the mushroom is very similar to a bunch of dry leaves, which makes it invisible to mushroom pickers.
3-8 cm high and 4-15 mm thick, tapering downwards. It is curved, hollow inside and of the same color as a hat (black in old age). Often the entire stem is in the ground, down to the base of the cap.
The flesh is elastic and tender, light gray, gray, or brownish, with a spicy tart taste.
The hymenophore is folded (pseudo-lamellar).
Cantharellus cinereus Synonyms
Merulius cinereus (Pers.) Pers., 1798
Craterellus cinereus (Pers.) Pers.,1825
Pseudocraterellus cinereus (Pers.) Kalamees, 1963
Cantharellus hydrolyps J. Schröt., 1888
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