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When you find the chanterelle, it literally shines at you. It is one of the most popular and tastiest edible mushrooms, but it can quickly be confused with the false chanterelle. However, you can use these characteristics to distinguish the two species.

Chanterelles are yolk

Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) - How to recognize it

The chanterelle is found in both coniferous and deciduous forests. However, it grows particularly frequently in sparse forests with old trees and a lot of dead wood. You can usually find it in the mossy underground in warm places, although this fungus also loves moisture. Therefore, it is mainly found in regions that naturally get a lot of rain. Conveniently, chanterelles often grow in clusters.


The hats of young chanterelles are typically curled down, while older ones are wavy and funnel-shaped. Real chanterelles are pale to bright yolk in color (which is why they are popularly known as "chanterelles"), but never orange!

ledges and stem

The chanterelle has no lamellae, but ridges. These run down the stem and are often connected like a net. The ridge and stem are the same color as the hat. This is short and often curved. The handle is not hollow inside.


The white to pale yellow flesh is firm but quite brittle and can be fibrous to tough in the stalk.


The chanterelle grows between June and November in mossy deciduous and coniferous forests. He always appears in groups.

How to recognize the false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)

Due to its deceptive similarity at first glance, the false chanterelle is often confused with the edible real chanterelle. This one, however, has ridges instead of lamellae and firm, crunchy and inflexible flesh. You can also distinguish the false chanterelle from the real chanterelle by these characteristics:

  • The false chanterelle often shines in orange tones, only rarely in yellow.
  • The lamellae in particular are often bright orange.
  • The flesh is also yellowish to orange-yellow.
  • The cap is often (strongly) funnel-shaped and, even in older specimens, is strongly rolled in - but not wavy.
  • In contrast to the real chanterelle, the false one does not have a distinctive smell of its own.

In addition, the false chanterelle can only be found from September to October. It mainly grows on the ground or on very rotten coniferous wood. It is not toxic but can cause vomiting and diarrhea in sensitive individuals.


You also have to watch out for the similar bright olive tree fungus, which is poisonous but only occurs south of the Alps.

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