As the Summer heat swealters I’ve noticed of all the chanterelle species, these Cinnabar Chanterelles (Cantharellus Cinnibarinus) have been the most persistent fruiting bodies!
Typically Chanterelles come out around the beginning of summer, depending on the region you’re foraging. As with all mushrooms, they love a good series of rain storms, but as the heat comes to a peak toward the end of the summer they begin to fizzle out as Boletes and Amanitas stake their claim on the forest floor. To this day I’m still finding some beautiful chanterelles of all species but with a more keen eye and in less quantities. BUT, like I said, these Cinnabar Chanterelles don’t quit!
I’ve also found that as Chanterelles (Cantharellus Cibarius), Smooth Chanterelles (Cantharellus Lateritius), and Appalachian Chanterelles (Cantharellus Appalachiensis) tend to spread across different regions of the forests during the season, these Cinnabar Chanterelles like to stand their ground and reproduce right where they started when the season began. Though they’re small in stature they continue to fruit in great numbers throughout the entirety of the season. Their sweet flavor will have you coming back for more, and luckily, they’ll be there!
Suggested Cinnabar Chanterelle Recipe:
Summer Pesto Pasta with Chanterelle Mushrooms
This dish is the perfect mix of sweet and savory!
DISCLAIMER: *As with all wild foraged edible mushrooms, be sure to have a 100% positive ID before consuming & be sure to always cook your mushrooms throughly, sautéing them for at least 10 minutes on medium heat before consuming. Never consume wild edible mushrooms raw.*
What you’ll need:
~2 cups Foraged Chanterelle mushrooms, 2 table spoons butter, 2 cloves garlic, pesto, grape tomatoes, pasta of your choice
*optional +sriracha, + parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast to keep it vegan)
1. Clean your chanterelle mushrooms - either blow off dirt, wipe off dirt with a damp cloth, or if they’re too dirty, rinse them & if this step is necessary - be sure to take this extra step before proceeding:
If Chanterelles have been wet or submerged in water, be sure to saute without fat (butter/oil) to allow the water to steam out of the mushrooms BEFORE you move on to step 3.
2. Boil salted water for your pasta of choice.
3. Saute your chanterelle mushrooms in a medium pan (cast iron preferred) on a medium heat, adding butter + garlic, stirring here & there for at least 10 minutes. Add sliced grape tomatoes after mushrooms are thoroughly cooked.
4. Add pasta to water and cook for 6-8 minutes - strain.
5. Add cooked pasta to veggie pan and add preferred amount of pesto sauce. Stir & add any additional toppings before serving.
Amazing day at Maple Court Academy today. Yr 4 fire, s’mores and some flint working. Credit must go to Grace Lily for being brilliant. #outdooreducation #outdoors #peakdistrict #gowild #bushcraft #survival #wilderness #nature #learning #woodland #woods #adventure #expeditions #exploration #wildcamping #hiking #curriculum #firecraft #treeandplant #wildedibles #outdoorlearning #peakdistrictsurvivalschool #schools #pathfinder https://www.instagram.com/p/CYmIOlTt1P_/?utm_medium=tumblr
Squirrel nest high in tree and close to the center. Cold winter with high snow. We'll see.
Thanks to @garden_therapy via @thegreenparentmag for the cute idea to make some pine twig gnomes from my old Christmas tree. I’m prepping to build natural mini-shelters with my FS group as part of a wider ‘survival’ theme in the next week and wanted to create some simple little people to inspire the kids to build shelters for. Voila! Love the idea to use pencil sharpeners to shape their little hats! #christmastree #reusereducerecycle #whittling #bushcraft #forestschoolideas #forestschoolskills #forestschoolleadertraining #forestschoolsession1 #gnomes #outdooreducation #getoutside https://www.instagram.com/hackney_outdoors/p/CYZG-Q4I5nA/?utm_medium=tumblr
Nature journaling with pressed plants is the new thing! Wish I could say these pages were mine…but they are my students so even better :) thanks Sunny and Link👍 Check out my YouTube channel to see lots of flower pressing videos and how to incorporate them into your nature journal. Link in bio #naturejournaling #naturestudy #sketchbook #outdooreducation #homeschool #flowerpressing #flowers #plants (at Sebastopol, California) https://www.instagram.com/p/CbgTN0ev9oX/?utm_medium=tumblr
Finished meetings for today, out in the garden watering. The detail of plants and trees always intrigues me! This ones Monks Hood, it’s deadly. I’ll let you look up the scientific name and chemical compound. How can something so splendid be so deadly! #survival #outdooreducation #outdoors #curriculumlinked #peakdistrict #gowild #bushcraft #wilderness #nature #learning #woodland #woods #adventure #expeditions #exploration #wildcamping #hiking #curriculum #firecraft #treeandplant #wildedibles #outdoorlearning #peakdistrictsurvivalschool #schools #pathfinder https://www.instagram.com/p/CQeFgUjhlHa/?utm_medium=tumblr
We made our own water filter yesterday to understand how lucky we are to have clean water - and also learn how to filter lake or river water (before boiling it obviously!) if we ever needed to. My son loved this as he’s starting to get more into ‘experiments’ and anything involving mud or muck always goes down well. ⠀ ⠀ How to: Take a 1.5 litre plastic bottle and cut it in two. Wedge the neck end into the base end so the base can capture the water and the neck holds the filter layers (to come). Create the first layer - push cotton wall balls into the neck end, and then a layer of muslin cloth or kitchen roll. Then add a layer of sand, gravel and/or charcoal (we used sand) and finally add a ‘green layer’ such as moss or grass or leaves. Pour muddy water into the top and watch as clear water fills the base as the water moves through the filter layers and the mud is removed.⠀ ⠀ More: This was a nice ‘survival’ or bushcraft activity and one that also helps kids appreciate how lucky they are if they have clean tap water. My son thought it was some kind of magic how the filter actually worked! Also handy knowledge in case of possible climate apocalypse.. ⠀ ⠀ #bushcraft #survival #outdoorlearning #outdooreducation #forestschooluk #familyactivities #scouting #scouts #waterfilter #forestschool #cleanwater #globalissues #adventuretime #hackneyoutdoors #forestschoolideas #thingstodowithkids #greenparenting https://www.instagram.com/p/CL6aTNABOmo/?igshid=9zx6dzb28rq1