At least I think these are chanterelles I found. Let's go down the checklist together, shall we?
- Vase-shaped mushroom with ruffly edges—CHECK
- Forked ridges on the underside of the cap that run decurrently down part of the stem—CHECK
- Growing out of the mossy ground in clusters (not out of wood)—CHECK
- Possessing the reddish-orange hue associated with the cinnabar chanterelle, Cantharellus cinnabarinus, as opposed to the golden-yellow color of the true chanterelle, Cantharellus cibarius—CHECK
- Light pink spore print (my specimens didn't leave much of a spore print at all, truth be told)
I need to consult with my mushroom friends to confirm that these are truly chanterelles before I eat them. But, here on my blog, I'm celebrating an early victory. YAY CHANTERELLES!!! *kisskisskiss*
Now to find more than a mouthful!