When I was back in Washington State last week for Thanksgiving, my mother and I took the dog out in the same woodsy spot where we picked blackberries last summer. The dog loves romping around. And we love foraging!
This time of year, we were on the hunt for truffles and mushrooms. Mom has trained the dog to sniff out truffles, although right now he’s only finding the non-edible varieties. Hopefully he’ll find the real deal when the season peaks. But we didn’t need the dog’s help to find a huge numbers of beautiful chanterelle mushrooms!
They were big and beatiful and plentiful. We got almost four pounds. The nice thing about chanterelles is that they are very distinctive. There aren’t really any poisonous mushrooms that look like them, so even novice mushroom hunters like us can feel safe picking and eating them.