good job Fro - persistence definitely pays off. It is funny you mention the call of nature assist - It has often been the case with my hunting. Perhaps the lesson in that is that we should try to be more aware, look at as many angles, etc. When I am hiking through the woods I look far, then near and back and forth. When I pass an area I look back.After loads of hiking and blank trips I finally managed to find my first decent haul of fungi. Spent most of the day walking around a wood in swansea, covering loads of ground, only to find these in a very small patch under some young oak trees (the entire wood is oak). Spent ages looking for them, and it wasn't until I'd unzipped to answer the call of nature that I realized I was about to urinate on a promising little patch of chantrelles. Got a few hedgehog mushrooms as well (tasty but not as nice as chantrelles). Apart from the small patch where I found the chantrelles the entire wood was devoid of them, any theories on why this might be?
Is it a case of conditions in that patch being perfect and the rest of the wood being less suitable?
or is it just a case of it maybe being early/late in the season and the rest of the wood having already/not fruited yet?
There hasn't been much rainfall recently up until this week, which could be the cause.
When do the chantrelles generally stop popping up?
Any advice about harvesting? e.g is it better for the fungus if you cut the stem before picking, or if you just pull the whole fruiting body out?
Time for chanterelles here (Northern California) as well - next weekend will be my first real hunt of the season.