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Dried Chanterelles: Dried Chanterelle mushrooms are a dehydrated version of a chef favorite, the wild Chanterelle mushroom. Chanterelles are a mycorrhizal mushroom, which means they form a symbiotic bond with plants. Because of this they have so far thwarted any attempts at commercial cultivation. All Chanterelles are harvested in the wild. Luckily they are one of the most recongnizable edible mushrooms and grow wild in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Their gold color and distinctive trumpet shape are easily identified in their natural habitat, under oaks and pines. Their wild flavor has been described as "fruity", "flowery", "apricot like", as well as spicy or peppery. The Chanterelle's distinctive flavor makes them a favorite amoung chefs, even though other wild mushrooms may enjoy more popularity amoung a broader audience.
There are a number of species of Chanterelle mushroom, the most popular is the Golden Chanterelle, or Cantharellus cibarius. Dried Chanterelles are easily reconstituted by soaking in warm water for 30 minutes, and the soak water can be used as stock or liquid in any recipe. They are amoung the most prized mushrooms in the world, and are particularly popular in Europe. Their fruity, spicy flavor goes well with many different types of dishes. Dried Chanterelles do not require special handling or storage and have a relatively long shelf life, making them ideal for restaurants and commercial kitchens. Fresh Chanterelles can be refrigerated for 10 days at most. Because of their abundance in the forests of the Northwest, Chanterelles have been designated the State Mushroom of Oregon. Their distinctive flavor is so prized that many recipes don't call for extra seasonings, the complex flavor of the Chanterelle is allowed to rule the dish.
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