Fresh Chanterelle Mushroom Season

Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms are in season. Chanterelles are also known as pfifferling, golden chanterelles, Cantharellus cibarius or girolle. The season starts in Europe in mid to late June. When we get the imported chanterelles they are small buttons, the price usually a bit high, but we try to keep it as low as possible. The demand for the fresh chanterelles means that we make sure that we get them as soon as we can, so we had look for suppliers outside of the United States so we could be sure that people could get them.

Fresh ChanterellesThe season for the golden chanterelles in the United States starts in the Mid West after they start getting heavy rain in late summer- around August, which means we stop importing them. Around late August, we start getting the chanterelles from the coast of Oregon. These chanterelles are bigger than the European ones, they have an excellent aroma and flavor. They have been described as having a faint fragrance of apricots, a mildly peppery taste and exquisite woodsy flavor.

Preparation: There are many ways to cook chanterelles.They are not typically eaten raw because their rich and complex flavor is best released when cooked. Most of the flavorful compounds in chanterelles are fat soluble, making them good mushrooms to sauté in butter, oil or cream. They also do  well to recipes involving wine or other cooking alcohols. Many popular methods of cooking chanterelles include them in cream sauces, soufflés, sautés and soups. The shelf life is around 2 weeks fresh.

Dried Chanterelle MushroomsWe sell dried chanterelles and powdered chanterelles as well. They have a rich buttery flavor with a meat like texture, they are slightly chewy. Avoid using chanterelles with ingredients that have strong flavors. The dried chanterelles are great to use for gravy, sauces or pizza toppings.  To reconstitute dried chanterelles soak them in warm water for 1 hour.
To use the powdered chanterelles, just shake it into your sauces, stews, or on top of your dishes that you want to add the chanterelle flavor to.

This is one of the most popular mushrooms we carry, they are a hearty mushroom and versatile. There are many recipes out there, from very easy for the budding chef, to complicated for those who are able to cook complicated recipes. Here is a link to some recipes: Chanterelle Recipes

Original recipe

1 oz Dried Chanterelle Mushrooms (you can substitute porcini, shitake, or a dry mushroom mix)

1 cup Coarse ground Kasha (Groats)

2 1/2 cups Veal Stock

1 medium Sweet Onion cut in half and thinly sliced

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 Egg

1 package Knorrs onion soup mix

Ground black pepper

Olive oil to sauté onions and mushrooms

Simmer mushrooms in the veal stock until reconstituted. (15 – 20 minutes) 

Remove mushrooms and filter stock through a coffee filter or French Coffee Press and and return to pot.  Sauté onions and mushrooms in a small amount of olive oil until onions start to brown. (a mix of olive oil and butter adds flavor). Remove from heat. Add the onion soup mix to the reserved stock, 1 tbsp  butter and  1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground black pepper.  Follow directions on the onion soup package  and then reduce heat to a bare simmer to keep hot.

Combine Kasha and slightly beaten egg in a small bowl

Heat a 10 inch skillet (not a non stick) over medium heat. When hot, add Kasha mixture and stir constantly until the grains are separated, and dry. Reduce heat to low.

Add onions / mushroom mix, and pour in the hot stock mixture carefully to avoid splatter, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until kasha is tender, Serves 4 as a side dish.