Big Sur Chanterelles

It is a cottage industry, around here this time of year. I am not a fan of mushrooms of any sort, so usually don’t partake, but I must say that on Christmas Day, I was treated to a chanterelle/beef dish that was heavenly.

This one was found today, by a friend:

Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle or golden chanterelle, is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus Cantharellus, if not the entire family of Cantharellaceae. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. It has a fruity smell, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent food mushroom. (from Wikipedia)