black chanterelle

[English] plural black chanterelles

The black chanterelle or horn of plenty resembles the grey chanterelle, but is a much tastier mushroom. It is a tough, wild, horn-shaped, fluted fungus which is black when damp and which smells and tastes similar to a truffle, earthy and buttery. In season from August to October, it grows up to 15 cm (6 inches) in height. It is used with other mushrooms, or in sauces or dried. It should be cooked. Also known as the trumpet of death, which is a bit alarming! (If gathering mushrooms you must be absolutely certain what you have before you eat them as many are very poisonous.)

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