SP9408 : False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)

taken 4 years ago, near to Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)
False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)
These fine-looking fungi are so similar to true Chanterelles that even seasoned mushroom pickers could mistake them for the real thing. Fortunately, such a mistake will not be injurious to the health of the picker, as though not considered edible, they are not poisonous. The main differences between them and true Chanterelles is that this fungus - Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca - is darker orange (Chanterelles are yellow) and they have true gills many of which branch towards the rim, true Chanterelles have folds or ribs rather than gills - and they may form a kind of network rather like the underside of a young cabbage leaf near the wavy rim.
H. aurantiaca has a pleasant mushroomy smell, whereas the true chanterelle smells of apricots. Although the ones seen here had rather wavy perimeters (as true Chanterelles would have) many were more circular, which the true version rarely is.
They are said to be rather inedible, being stringy and tasteless; however, a friend of mine, advised by a seasoned fungi collector, picked a number of these (from this same location on the same day) believing them to be the true Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarus) - cooked them, ate them and said that they were "delicious". So either they can be tasty when young, or else they were after all true Chanterelles - but if so, they were particularly atypical. Having said all that, Chanterelles (aka girolles) that I have bought packaged in supermarkets, look very like this "false" fungus, being oranger and more circular-capped than Chanterelles are supposed to.
See SP9408 : Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca - False Chanterelles where the underside of one can be seen, in particular showing the orangeness of the gills.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 October, 2013
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9402 0847 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:46.0214N 0:38.3357W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9400 0846
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