On a recent post-rain hike, my partner gathered five pounds of prized chanterelle mushrooms! We don't usually think of foraging for wild food in winter but depending on where you live, there may be some treasures right in your backyard or local park.
The chanterelles Gregory found in Southern California included two species: Cantharellus cibarius, or golden chanterelle, and Cantharellus californicus, or mud puppy or oak chanterelle. Even though he was fairly confident about his discoveries, he double-checked with our local mycological society and a couple of mushroom experts to make sure they were safe to eat.
Related: A Roundup Of Wild And Foraged Foods