Winter chanterelle (Craterellus tubaeformis)

Related to chanterelles and horn of plenty, winter chanterelles  are also very tasty, putting a smile on every forager's face.  They grow in large patches in mixed woodlands or coniferous plantations in late autumn and early winter.Key identification points:-
  • Brown caps with wavy, yellow edges and a depression leading into the hollow stem
  • False gills that look more like ridges than true gills.  They are a pale yellow/brown, branching and run down the stem (decurrent)
  • Height approx. 8cm, cap width approx. 5cm
  • Stems are often pale brown or yellow, hollow and irregular
  • Spore print - white-ish