Chanterelle – the Australian chanterelle (Cantharellus concinnus)

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Known as the native Chanterelle or the Australian Chanterelle, Cantharellus concinnus is a somewhat uncommon mushroom that is macroscopically very similar to the European and US continental common chanterelle (Canterellus cibarius or Girolle).

In Europe and America, the Chanterelle is one of the most prized, sought-after and flavoursome of wild mushrooms, rated in the top three by many respected European chefs and mushroom enthusiasts. In fact the chanterelle is often the most sort after wild mushroom of all for its unique peppery flavours.

The Australian chanterelle is a closely related species that occurs in heathland and scrub below various native Eucalypt species including the Messmate Stringybark. While it can occur in large troops of semi rings, it is relatively uncommon. The Australian native chanterelle is reputed to have a more subtle flavour profile than the European varieties with a palate and odour of apricots but a less pronounced pepperiness.

There appears to several phenotypes described as concinnus – from fairly pink and orange varieties in WA to our yellow orange ones here in Victoria and Tasmania to varieties up in NNSW and SEQ that appear to be quite petite but are reported has having a strong flavour and scent (unlike those in Victoria):

https://kingfishermushrooms.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/cantharellus-concinnus-the-apricot-chanterelle/

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44 thoughts on “Chanterelle – the Australian chanterelle (Cantharellus concinnus)”

    • Yes a species does grow up there in the rainforest around Kuranda in February. I am told they are similar in flavour to the European varieties. If you find any please send me some pictures 🙂

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  1. Is it possible to find a starter kit for Chanterelle’s? I haven’t seen these in any of the local growers markets I’ve been to in VIC or NSW.

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    • Hi there. Unfortunately because chanterelles are mycorrhizal they cannot be cultivated easily and it is very hard to do it. I believe we are the only vendors that commonly find native chanterelles.

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  2. I think I have found some Cantharellus concinnus up in the bush were I grow. Are they edible? They smell like apricots and are quite small, if that helps at all. Thanks

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        • Hi looks like concinnus. As far as I am aware all chant species are considered edible. Certainly Acclaimed mycologist Cleland reported that he ate them. I personally found them to be quite bland and certainly not up there with the European or American varieties.

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          • I sautéed them on a high heat this morning with garlic, butter, olive oil salt+pepper and thyme and had them with some toast. They were quite tasty I found bit I have not tried any other Chanterelle’s so I cannot compare. I might go out and get some more though now that I have eaten them. Thankyou for your help 🙂

          • Excellent to hear and glad you enjoyed them. Some collections seem to have a stronger apricot smell than others and I wonder if this also represents variations in strength of flavour?

    • Hi Ted there is a possibility we may look at that in the future. Probably not the southern variety but the northern QLD variety if we can source them on private property and they do turn out to be a species we can identify as edible (we suspect those were a species also found in the USA).

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  3. I think ive found some of these, but i am a total novice fungi fancier so would like some help to id. I have some photos, can you help? Jess

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  4. These are the most popular in Eastern Europe My absolute favourite, just add a bit of salt and butter yummy or marinate in vinegar
    Does anyone knows is it possible to find these in other states in AU? Im in WA but I don’t wanna believe something grows in this soil here lol

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  5. Austria where I lived we found chanterelles ( eierschwammerln). In all kinds of soil. The button shaped ones in a pine like forest. The bigger flashier ones in grassy Forrest’s even on the side of the road . Would like to get them in WA

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  6. Hi, I see from a previous post you say chants grow in far north Queensland. Do you know which tree species they grow around up here? Thanks, Brendan

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  7. Cannot mistake it,
    decurrent gills, growing on the ground.
    Important, not in clumps of more than 2-3, is that correct?
    If so, good find.
    I always say to now mush-roomers however, eat a small amount first
    as some people can have a reaction regardless of edibility and wait 48hrs.
    No symptoms, then it should be fine.
    This above does NOT apply to any other species like the Amaita’s or Gallerina.
    If however you are not sure, if in doubt, throw it out.

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  8. There’s a whole ton of chanterelles growing near where i live, dunno if they’re the same type though. Could you look at some photos and tell me if you think they’re the same thing? I’m near Sydney for reference. Do i just email them?

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  9. I would like someone to take a closer look at the Cantharellus I often see in the wet season. They are FNQ so I think it is the one already mentioned. Could you email me so I have a mailing address for email to send on. I want to send images.

    Thanks
    Ron

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  10. Hi there, I’m currently working on a book about mushrooms in queensland. I found one that looks similar to a chant and I was wondering if you could help me out with id? I could email the photo?

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  11. I read this with interest. I tried to reply to a few of you but nothing happens; I am always in the tropical rainforests of north Qld around Cairns and tablelands and to the north photographing fungi. I see lots of Cantharellus, sometimes in big groups. They look so appealing and I have wondered about if they are edible. If they are, I will. Most of these here are a lovely yellow colour. I was wanting to send a couple of photos to Jonathan, but if anyone can identify the exact species please contact me. I would be happy to email photos to you. Ron

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  12. They are very popular in Berlin, where I grew up. People sautee them with bacon. I prefer them in a creamy soup. In Berlin, they are called Pfifferlinge, probably due to their peppery flavour.

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  13. Hi
    I have found some chanterelle mushrooms growing under a mango tree in my yard here in North Queensland. I haven’t seen them here for about 4 years.

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