Chanterelle or Girolle Cantharellus cibarius

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By Roger Phillips

Published 2006

Chanterelle or Girolle Cantharellus cibarius Fr. (illustrated (b) 40% life size) Cap 3–10cm across, at first flattened with an irregular, incurved margin, later becoming wavy, lobed, and depressed at the centre; pale to deep egg-yellow, fading with age. Stem 30–80Γ—5–15mm, tapering towards the base; concolorous with cap or paler; solid. Flesh yellowish; taste watery at first, then slightly peppery, smell faint, fragrant, of apricots. Gills decurrent, narrow, vein-like, irregularly forked; egg-yellow. Spores 8–10Γ—4.5–5.5ΒΌ, elliptical. Spore print ochraceous. Habitat in all kinds of woods and with deciduous and coniferous trees; summer to late autumn. Very common. Edible excellent.

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