There's been a bonus from all the rain in June around Chicago outdoors: Chanterelles.
Joe McFarland, a co-author of Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States, sent this note:
All of that rain around Chicago a few weeks ago seems to have paid off: Edible summer mushrooms, including chanterelles, are being found by some of my mushroom pals in northeast Illinois.
We've just posted a new summer recipe featuring chanterelles at illinoismushrooms.com.
Here's the direct link:
Unlike morels, which can be found for just a few short weeks in the spring, chanterelles can be found during the entire summer season, following rains, starting in late May in southern Illinois up until September statewide.
All right, I will be honest, I have not worked up to harvesting and eating these yet.
But the recipe looks and reads like the goods.