August's Wild Food of the Month
Trumpets de mort
The fragrant and often abundant Black Chanterelle or Black Trumpet (Craterellus fallax) is a popular mushroom in French cuisine because of it's unique flavor and texture. Fragrant fresh specimens are said to resemble apricots. This summer mushroom is relatively easy to find and safe to identify. Black Trumpets are found in mixed deciduous woods, mostly under Oaks, on the ground. This mushroom does not typically grow on wood. The stalk is an extension of the trumpet shaped cap. Coloring of the spore surface and stem can range from salmon to pale grey to nearly black with wrinkles or raised veins rather than gills.. The cap and interior is usually darker, salmon brown to black and hollow top to bottom. They usually appear anywhere from June to September.
Black Trumpets can be difficult to see but once you've found one there will often be many more. The mushrooms pictured here were picked in August.
Trumpets are easily dried and store well. Reconstitute in water or wine. They are also used dried and powdered as a flavoring.
Similar species, Craterellus cornucopiodes is also edible and choice.
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Here's a great Black Trumpet recipe