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Chanterelle Mushroom Season: When and Where to Find Chanterelles

When does Chanterelle mushroom season start?

Botanists usually classify Chanterelle mushrooms as mycorrhiza. Which means they have a symbiotic relationship with other plants. In other words, Chanterelle mushrooms depend on other trees and plants. Sometimes, they also grow around mosses too. Usually, a bounty of moss hints that Chanterelle mushrooms are nearby. But, most of time “hunters” find them around trees. The early season of Chanterelle mushrooms begins at the end of June. Most often than not they grow around eastern white pine, but they are not limited to that tree. Moving deeper into the season, they begin to grow around more trees. Those trees include but are not limited to oak, hemlock, and balsam fir. Chanterelle mushrooms tend to make relationships with birch, beech, and spruce, among others. In some rare instance, mushroom foragers found it under red maple. Also, they grow in poison ivy, and sometimes in lowbush blueberries that happen to be near trees. The season reaches its full maturity between July and September. Furthermore, Chanterelle mushrooms might continue to grow up until November. Thus, hunting wild chanterelle always begins late summer until early fall.

harvesting chanterelles during mushroom season

Factors that affect Chanterelle mushroom season

Rain happens to be one of the major factor affecting the Chanterelle mushroom. Moderate rain helps the crop to increase. Hunters also pay considerable attention to the amount of rainfall in the area before going for the hunt. All mushrooms, in general, need a good amount of rain to grow. In areas that had a modest and humid summer are ideal for hunting. The perfect searching time is between early August and mid-September. At the beginning of the season Moss, Chanterelle starts to burst forth, but they take a few weeks to bloom in full. Also, Chanterelle mushroom loves a little bit of sunshine. But, they are not quite fond of it like some other mushrooms. Hunting chanterelle is simple that way. Water affects chanterelle mushrooms growth just like all plants. In the same vein, they are not quite fond of water as well. A running river is not by necessity a reliable indicator of chanterelle existence!


Chanterelle Habitat Range

Chanterelle mushrooms and its species grow everywhere in the world except Antarctica. As long as they found the host plants, they will form the mycorrhizal relationship with. Plant taxonomists recognized 40 species in North America alone. The mycorrhizal relationship between the fungi and the trees is mutual. It allows them both to survive in the wild. The chanterelle clutch itself to the root network of the tree or plant. Furthermore, the fungi grow its fungal cells which help shield the roots of the plant. It is like an immunity upgrade for the tree, so to speak. Chanterelle has many natural predators such as bugs, bacteria, and even other fungi. These among other threats to Chanterelle in its habitat is why it has a heavy-duty immune system. Chanterelle mushrooms are pumping antibacterial chemical cocktails that don’t only protect the fungus. But also the host plant. With immunization, the Chanterelle also guide the plant roots to more resources. As a result, the host plant tends to grow stronger as it absorbs more nourishment from the soil. In exchange, the host plant or tree provides photosynthetic sugars to the mushroom. Like humans and animals, the fungus can’t produce its own much-needed food. Hence, they have to build a symbiotic relationship with other plants. For that reason, hunters usually find Chanterelle mushrooms near trees. More often than not, there is a mutual relationship going on!


When does Chanterelle mushroom season end

The Chanterelle season ends by late September. They appear every year at the same time. They don’t always grow in the same areas, though. It is important to go hunt, explore, and take notes. Chanterelle foraging timing may change from place to place. But it is usually between June and September.a