Golden Chanterelle

(Cantharellus cibarius group)

Conservation Status
Golden Chanterelle
  IUCN Red List

not listed


not listed


not listed


Golden Chanterelle is a small to medium-large edible mushroom with a long growing season. It grows on the ground and is usually solitary.

The stalk is ¾ to 4 long, ¼ to 1¼ thick, solid, fleshy, and dry. It is the same color as the cap but paler. It may taper to the base or be equal in width for most of its length. Sometimes it is enlarged at the base. There is no cup-like covering (volva) at the base of the stalk, and there are no remnants of a universal veil clinging to the stalk. When growing in groups the stalks are separate.

The cap is 1¼ to 6 in diameter and dry, not slimy or sticky to the touch. It is broadly convex at first, becoming flat or depressed to vase-shaped with age. It is usually smooth, sometimes cracked. It is orange, yellow, or bright yellowish-orange. The margin is curved under when young, becoming lobed or wavy with age.

The flesh is whitish except beneath the skin of the cap, where it is tinged yellow to orange.

Cantharellales do not have true gills. The spore-bearing surface on the underside of the cap is deeply wrinkled and gill-like. The “gills” are closely spaced to well-spaced and the same color as the cap though paler. They are forked near the end (toward the margin of the cap) into two branches. They are shallow and the edges are thick and blunt, appearing as if “melted”. They extend down along the stalk (decurrent).

The spore print is usually creamy or yellow, sometimes pinkish.


Similar Species


Jack-o’-Lantern Mushroom (Omphalotus illudens) is usually found in groups. The stalks of grouped mushrooms are connected at the base. The gills are not forked. They are deep and the edges are sharp, like the edge of a knife. It is poisonous.

Habitat and Hosts





Spring to fall


Distribution Map



4, 7, 24, 26, 29, 30, 77.




Common and widespread

  Kingdom Fungi (fungi)  
  Subkingdom Dikarya  
  Phylum Basidiomycota (club fungi)  
  Subphylum Agaricomycotina (jelly fungi, yeasts, and mushrooms)  
  Class Agaricomycetes (mushrooms, bracket fungi, puffballs, and allies)  






Cantharellus (chanterelles)  





Common Names



Golden Chanterelle









Universal veil

An egg-like structure that envelopes all or most of a developing gill mushroom. Remnants of the universal veil sometimes visible on a mature mushroom are patchy warts on the cap, a ring on the stalk, and a volva at the base of the stalk.



Also called cup. A cup-like covering at the base of a mushroom stem, sometimes buried. It is the remnants of the universal veil ruptured by the mushroom pushing through. It is found on Amanita, Volvariella, and some other mushrooms.







Say “Goodbye” to an old friend and “Hello” to a new group

Until very recently, yellow to yellowish-orange chanterelles in North American hardwood forests were all treated as a single, easily identified species, Golden Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius). Recent DNA analysis shows that the North American chanterelles are a group of closely related species now known as the Cantharellus cibarius group. The type species of the group, Cantharellus cibarius, is restricted to Europe and does not occur in North America. To date (2022), several new species have been defined, four of them occurring only west of the Rocky Mountains. More species east of the Rockies will almost certainly be described in the coming years.

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  Chantarelle Mushrooms
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also called Shiba-take

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  The Mikeology Store on the Hunt for Chanterelle Mushrooms
Mike Kempenich

Uploaded on Jul 29, 2011

A morning hunting wild Chanterelle mushrooms in Minnesota.

  Chanterelle Look Alikes - Toxic Jack O' Lantern Mushroom Identification
Chanterelle Look Alikes - Toxic Jack O' Lantern Mushroom Identification

Published on Aug 17, 2013

Chanterelle look alikes. Toxic jack o' lantern mushroom identification. The jack o' lantern mushroom, Omphalotus illudens or Omphalotus illudens, may be confused with edible chanterelle mushrooms, but the color of the flesh and gills are a dead giveaway that the two fungi are completely different.

Jack o' lanterns are saprobic meaning they grow from wood, whereas chanterelles are not saprobes. But, as you can see in this video the jack o' lanterns appear to be growing from the ground not wood. I find many jack o' lantern mushrooms growing in open lawns and I find chanterelles that appear to be growing from wood. These habitat and growth characteristics are listed in most field guides and mushroom identification books, but, they are not nearly as reliable as paying close attention to the gills and color of the flesh, i.e. the physical features of the fungi in question.

Paying close attention to physical features of mushrooms is critically important in order to get a positive identification. As long as one pays close attention to the physical characteristics of fungi, most of the common and abundant gourmet edible fungi can be easily and safely identified for the table.

Jack O' Lantern mushrooms have been reported to glow in the dark, a bioluminescent fungi.

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  Chanterelle Harvesting Tips | Harmonic Arts
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Tips and tricks from Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard of Harmonic Arts on harvesting wild chanterelles in the forests of the Pacific North West.

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  How to find Wild Chanterelle Mushrooms, aka Cantharellus Cibarius
Good Earth Spa

Uploaded on Oct 5, 2010

I am on a mushroom hunt in the Pacific Northwest and I find some Chantrelle mushrooms growing wild. Actually, as far as I know they only grow wild and no one has been able to cultivate them. Enjoy. Pics at the end!

  Summer Mushroom Foraging - Golden Chanterelle Cinnabar Chanterelle And Chanterelle Look Alikes

Published on Aug 3, 2013

Summer mushroom foraging for golden chanterelle, cinnabar chanterelle and chanterelle look alikes. Edible chanterelle mushrooms are fairly easy to identify as long as you pay attention to the features such as false gills that fork out toward the cap margin and white inner flesh that is continuous, solid and unchanging between the stalk and cap. Golden chanterelles have a unique smell which may help identify them. Paying close attention to physical features of edible mushrooms helps distinguish them from potentially toxic look alike fungi such as Jack O' Lanterns, Omphalotus illudens.

The scientific name for golden chanterelle is Cantharellus cibarius. the scientific name for cinnabar chanterelle is Cantharellus cinnabarinus.

Chanterelle mushrooms are found in hardwood forests of the eastern woodlands from early summer through autumn. Chanterelles are foraged throughout the world.

Chanterelles are wild edible gourmet mushrooms. Wild edible fungi can be found at restaurants, organic food markets, and farmer's markets throughout the world. Chanterelles and other wild edible gourmet mushrooms can be foraged for free in the backyard or local woodland.

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Location: St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park

First flush.  Abundant a few days after the first major rain of the summer.

  Beulah Morrison

Location: Inverness County NS

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Golden Chanterelle  

Location: Fairview Twp, Cass County

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  Jeffrey M. Arsenault

Location: Mankato

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  Matthew Bourman

Location: Mankato

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  Stephanie Segner

Location: Hennepin County, MN

Golden Chanterelle  
  Peter Swenson
7/18 to 7/30/2015

Location: State Forest in Hubbard County; Regional Park in Dakota County

season appeared to be early to prime in Hubbard County on the 18th . I was able to pick many pounds in just a couple of hours. They were well past prime and full of bugs by July 30th in Dakota County. Few were worth picking, but they had been wide-spread.

Location: Pope County

Just wanted to tell you the range west in certain mn goes at least into central Pope county. I was enjoying them last year.

Just thought you might like to know if you change your map.


  John Valo

The distribution map for Chanterelle on shows only verified sightings in Minnesota: counties where I have seen the mushroom, and counties where it has been reported to the Bell Museum of Natural History Herbarium: Fungal Collection (University of Minnesota). I also include sightings from visitors to, like you, when they include a photo with sufficient detail to identify the species and the location where it was taken. It is not a ""range" map. As far as I know, no true range map exists for this or any fungus.





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