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I have this handy book called, " National Audubon Society Filed Guide to New England". I bring it with me almost everywhere I go because it helps me identify birds, trees, animals, flowers and fungi. Last summer while in Acadia National Park, my husband and I were hiking around Upper Hadlock Pond and we saw this enormous mushroom. Well, with my handy book I could identify it as the Chanterelle Mushroom. When I got home, I did some more research on this beauty. First of all, it is edible! People combine Chanterelles with pasta, butter or cream sauces, and may be sauteed or roasted in vegetable platters. They are generally yellow or orange in color with ridges underneath the top of the mushroom. They grow in forests between July and August. When we came back to the same spot, an animal had eaten most of this beauty for its lunch or dinner. It was the biggest and the prettiest mushroom that I had ever seen!
Post Script: I have just heard from a friend. This mushroom in not a Chanterelle. It is a Yellow Amanita Muscaria which will make you very sick if you eat this. So much for my research in my book. But, on the good side, it is really nice knowing people who know so much and take the time to notify people of their mistake! Thanks Jack!!
March 16th, 2018
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