Sunday, 12 March 2023

Autumn is Wild Fungi Season in the Loire Valley

If you visit a market with us in the autumn one of the seasonal treats you will see is several species of wild harvested mushrooms for sale, usually around €25 a kilo. They will include the world famous ceps (aka porcini), girolles and chanterelles as well as some you may not be familiar with, such as trompettes de la mort. The most prized species of all for many French people is the chanterelle grise. None of these mushrooms can be cultivated, so they are wild seasonal treats. All the local chefs will be at the markets making sure they have a supply for seasonal dishes like risottos, soups and sauces.

Wild harvested Trumpet Chanterelles Craterellus tubaeformis at a market, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Wild harvested Trumpet Chanterelles from Saumur at Loches market.

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