Where do you find chanterelles? That’s the question I get most from guests at the supper club when we do our fall mushroom feast. While I’m NEVA going to give up my secret forest stashes, I’m happy to give people tips on how to hunt for them. Wild mushroom foraging in BC is not hard, but it requires patience and study. Try our FREE foraging for beginners video series here.
- Go out with someone who knows what they are doing, a book is no substitute for someone with ‘mushroom eyes’ and solid knowledge of the dangers to watch out for. ie. Death Caps – a poisonous mushroom you can find in BC forests. BC Mushroom Tour
- Walk slowly and hike often. If you slow down and start scanning the ground you will find tons of mushrooms in the city, forest or meadows. Sept-Nov is best in BC. A ton of wild mushrooms are edible and really unique, well worth the research.
- Buy a handbook – David Arora’s – All the rain promises and more is a great start.
- Start trying to identify simple classes of mushrooms like Oysters, Hedgehogs, Boletes. This is where patience comes in. You will need to spend a while getting to know each class and especially any harmful mushrooms within the group. Once you are sure you know the bad ones, then you can start eating the good ones:)
- Learn how to make a spore print. This is a key identification technique, you gotta know it. It’s also fun to do with your kids, like magic!
Edible, medicinal and amazing mushrooms that you can find in and around Vancouver, BC
This is a list that I’ll be updating as I find new mushrooms this year
Chanterelles – Cantharellus cibarius
Lobster Mushrooms – Hypomyces Lactifluorum
Chicken of the Woods – Laetiporus sulphureus
Fall Oyster Mushrooms – Panellus serotinas
Porcini – Boletus Edulis
Matsutake (Pine) – Tricholoma magnivelare
Shaggy Manes – Coprinus comatus
Morels – Morchella Family
Honey mushrooms – Armillaria mellea