Cantharellus Cibarius – A popular edible mushroom

Cantharellus Cibarius – A popular edible mushroom

Cantharellus is a genus of popular edible mushrooms, commonly known as chanterelles. They are mycorrhizal fungi, meaning they form symbiotic associations with plants, making them very difficult to cultivate. Caution must be used when identifying chanterelles for consumption due to lookalikes, such as the Jack-O-Lantern species (Omphalotus olearius and others), which can make a person very ill. Despite this, chanterelles are one of the most recognized and harvested groups of edible mushrooms.

Many species of chanterelles contain antioxidant carotenoids, such as beta-carotene in C. cibarius and C. minor, and canthaxanthin in C. cinnabarinus and C. friesii. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin D.[1]

The name comes from the Greek kantharos meaning «tankard» or «cup».

Use in food

Chanterelles in general go well with eggs, curry, chicken, pork, fish, beef and veal, can be used as toppings on pizzas, be stewed, marinated, sauteed, or used as filling for stuffed crêpes. Of course these are just examples; chanterelles are versatile and can be added as an ingredient to most dishes.

In European cuisine, chanterelles are often served with venison. A traditional method of preparing these mushrooms is sauteed and then used to make scrambled eggs.

Many mushroom enthusiasts just like chanterelles sauteed in butter, with a pinch of salt, a clove of fresh crushed garlic and some whipping cream. This recipe is said to bring out the subtle flavor of the chanterelle without masking it with other aromas. This recipe has the added benefit of retaining flavor even after being stored frozen.

It is a feature of Viennese cuisine.

From wikipedia

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    Cream of Chanterelle Mushroom Soup INGREDIENTS: 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 pound fresh chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned and coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons flour 2 cups chicken broth 2 cups half and half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 tablespoons Madeira wine 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley DIRECTIONS: Melt butter in a heavy saucepan set over medium heat. When foam from butter subsides, add onion and saute for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes, stirring often. Add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly to coat onions and mushrooms with flour. Add broth, immediately bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add half-and-half, salt and pepper and heat on low--just below a simmer--for 10 minutes. Add Madeira, stir and serve sprinkled with parsley.

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