Known as the native Chanterelle or the Australian Chanterelle, Cantharellus concinnus is a somewhat uncommon mushroom that is macroscopically very similar to the European and US continental common chanterelle (Canterellus cibarius or Girolle).
In Europe and America, the Chanterelle is one of the most prized, sought-after and flavoursome of wild mushrooms, rated in the top three by many respected European chefs and mushroom enthusiasts. In fact the chanterelle is often the most sort after wild mushroom of all for its unique peppery flavours.
The Australian chanterelle is a closely related species that occurs in heathland and scrub below various native Eucalypt species including the Messmate Stringybark. While it can occur in large troops of semi rings, it is relatively uncommon. The Australian native chanterelle is reputed to have a more subtle flavour profile than the European varieties with a palate and odour of apricots but a less pronounced pepperiness.
At this stage we post this mushroom for interest purposes only. Selby Shrooms are in the process of assessing the sustainability of very small-scale (less than 20%) harvest of our three secret chanterelle patches which are (luckily for us) located on private property.
Selby Shrooms flavour rating for this species: reputed to be very good.
UPDATE – 2015 has been an absolute bumper year for these mushrooms – numerous new patches have popped up and the existing patches have trippled in size!