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Picking wild mushrooms and then using them to create either straightforward, simple dishes, like those which have been created since man first discovered fire and how to cook, or you can create very modern cuisine, based on the most luxurious of ingredients, but either way, the dishes will be superb and you will have a real sense of having gathered the food yourself.

One of the most common mushrooms found in Scotland is the delicious chanterelle mushroom. This is a particularly common mushroom in woodlands and forest areas, where the conditions are optimum for their growth. Chanterelles are a very bright orange-tan colour, but before you eat any, for your own safety ensure that they can be positively identified as chanterelle, since some other ‘orange’ mushrooms are quite poisonous.

Chanterelle mushrooms can often be found at the edge of a pine forest area and they are particularly prolific if there is a good deal of moss on the ground, since this seems to encourage the spores to grow. They grow in all regions of Scotland, but they are obviously more common in the Highlands, since there is a large proliferation of pine trees and forests in this area. 

If you are lucky enough to be in the Highlands, then you should also keep your eye out for the Hedgehog mushroom, which is a very simple mushroom and is usually found where there is a quite dense forest and often where there is water lying or ponding. The Hedgehog mushroom, confusingly enough, does not really look like a mushroom and it has a creamy coloured cap with a stem which feels quite downy and is a white-ish colour which turns slightly yellow when it has been cut.

For those who are not in the Highlands it is still possible to pick mushrooms such as the ‘Sulphur Shelf’ mushroom, which can even be found in more urban locations, due to the trees and vegetation which can be found in parks, open spaces, or anywhere that you may find trees, or logs etc. This mushroom is usually found on the wound of a tree and is most common on oak, but does grow on other trees. This is a bright yellow colour and literally layers or stacks itself like shelves! Interestingly, although it does grow on the ‘wound’ of a tree, it is not regarded as a parasite! 

When picking wild mushrooms it is important not to over pick any that are found, just take what you need and then let someone else have a chance, otherwise, the mushrooms become over picked and then less sustainable.

You should also remember to pick only the pieces of the mushrooms, which are above the ground, otherwise the structure of the mushroom itself is damaged and it will not survive.

So wherever you are in Scotland, you should be able to find a good supply of fresh wild mushrooms, but particularly if you visit places where there are plenty of trees and shaded, mossy areas, in which mushrooms love to grow. And remember that you don’t have to be in the country to find edible mushrooms: just keep your eyes open, wherever you are.


 
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Posted By,  Warren on October 23,2010
 
23rd Oct: are the chanterelles out in the highlands yet ? i was up there a couple of weeks ago and did not see one.
Posted By,  matthew on May 12,2011
 
by the 23rd of Oct the chants are everywhere in Scotland! I'm up in the highlands and we start getting them mid summer!
Posted By,  warren on May 12,2011
 
i would be very intrested in coming upto scotland to collect some chants but live in wales and its a long way to come up, so when they pop up can u pop a message on here and let me know where they are it would be great
Posted By,  emma naylor on August 26,2011
 
Ive just been out picking chants, got over 4kg last year!! pick them in lots of diffrent places. thare are no places as such to tell you, but all of the forest areas around aviemore and grantown are great for them. you get so used to looking for them you can spot small clumps on the side of the road even when you are driving!!
Posted By,  caz on September 8,2012
 
I have started picking chants, but can\'t seem to find a good place to sell them, anyone got any good ideas or places around Inverness?
Posted By,  Matthew on September 11,2012
 
I\\\'m near Inverness but not an area I tend to go picking in. Just spend some time walking about woods and in particular the woodland banks, they are all up and out now you just have to get to know the areas. Walking about is the best way!
Posted By,  Sean on September 16,2012
 
Its unusual to find chanterelles at the end of October. July and August they are prolific in the highlands but June they are just starting and September they are ending although i have found a few in october but there are plenty of other wild mushrooms at other times of the year and the autumn is fantastic for hedgehog,
horn of plenty and trumpet chanterelles. I\'m sure there are
restaurants in Inverness that would pay a good price for foraged goods
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Wild Mushroom Identification - Recommended Books for All Skill Levels:
Every amateur mycologist should have a decent library of books, here are the top five books I highly recommend for wild mushroom identification:
 
1) Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Britain and Europe (Field Guides)  - Great layout with superb images - Peter Jordan
3) Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification  - This one is a proper belter with loads and loads of good technical data - Roger Phillips
4) Complete Mushroom Book: The Quiet Hunt   - A lovely book by a lovely man. Antonio Carluccio
5) Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1 - Always a favourite from Hugh's fungi specialist friend, John Wright

It is important to have at least 3 books so you can cross reference and cover as many species as possible