Last weekend, as usual in this period of the year, I went mushroom hunting on the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Interestingly enough, I collected for the first time in my life a mushroom fairly rare in my home region in Italy but very abudant here. The mushroom I am talking about is called Cantharellus Tubaeformis commonly known as “Yellow Foot“.
This is the description of the mushroom:
Cantharellus tubaeformis Syst. Mycol. 1: 319. 1821.
Common Names: Yellow foot, Winter Chanterelle, Funnel Chanterelle
Synonyms: Cantharellus infundibuliformis, Craterellus tubaeformis
Cap 2-4 cm broad, at first convex, then depressed, sometimes hollow in the center, trumpet-shaped; margin incurved, wavy; surface dry, brown to yellowish-brown, with fine dark scales; flesh thin, yellowish-brown; odor and taste mild.
Gills buff-brown, lighter than cap, edges blunt, decurrent, widely separated, with cross-veins.
Stipe 2.5-7.0 cm long, 0.5-1.0 cm thick, buff-brown, smooth, equal, flattened to longitudinally grooved, sometimes hollow.
Scattered to clustered on soil, moss, and rotten wood in conifer woods during mid-winter.
Edible and excellent!