During the mushroom season, you can find Chanterelle mushrooms sold fresh in some fine food stores and in a few shacks set up shop during the mushroom picking season.
When walking in a forest of conifers along the coast, you are first hit by the smell of mushrooms. Then, when you look amongst the pine needles strewn across the ground, you spot then one mushroom, then two, three, four, five…! You’ve just stumbled across a field of those little mushrooms that have a brown cap and yellow stalk. Never alone, and always found in a horde of its fellow companions, the Chanterelle mushroom can subdue even the most seasoned of mushroom hunters given how many there are of them.
A true little autumn forest treat, the Chanterelle mushroom has a subtle flavour and a crunchiness that make it a success. The family of Chanterelle mushrooms includes several types of mushrooms. In this region, the Chanterelle mushrooms that you’ll come across most frequently are funnel Chanterelle mushrooms (craterellus tubaeformis) and yellow-foot Chanterelle mushrooms (craterellus lutescens). The famed Girolle mushroom is also part of the Chanterelle family. If you are not sure about what you have picked, ask a pharmacist to examine it. The Confrérie du Bidaou et de la Chanterelle association is responsible for showcasing and promoting this small mushroom.