Selling Chanterelle Mushrooms - Can They Be Overharvested

by Craig

I have only been mushroom hunting for 4 years, but I've found some places near me where you can pick pounds and pounds of them.

I have been selling some to supplement my income and have no real idea what they are worth, but at $12.00 a pound I have never had a problem.

I only harvest the freshest and cleanest, about 1/3 of what I find. Yet I wonder if I could over-pick and spoil their growth.

Also, last year local restaurants have had trouble with the Health Department. They're saying it is unsafe and can no longer purchase from me without problems. This needs to change. Local gourmet chefs love them. You should see their eyes when I show them a box full of fresh, beautiful Chanterelle mushrooms.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Harvesting chantarelles NEW
by: Bupalos

I want to lend my voice to the stufy cited here, it would be really difficult to over harvest chants, and there isn't any evidence to suggest cutting is better than plucking, nor really even any theoretical reason why it would be.

Really seems to be underappreciated that mushrooms in general (which includes all of the solid mass) are fruiting bodies of a larger organism, not much different from apples on an apple tree. If the entire plot is picked clean incessantly, yes, reproduction by spore would be lessened. But in almost any case this would be very unlikely. And spores aren't the only way the mycelium spreads.

Actually a sumac tree might be a better analogy than an apple tree. Sumacs would have no trouble spreading even if you religiously snipped every single bud as soon as they appeared.

How do I sell in Illinois
by: Anonymous

I live in Illinois and watched while hundreds if not thousands of chanterelle mushrooms rotted. I have no idea where to sell them. Next year I want to sell them. How do I do it.

Chanterelle Mushrooms For sale NEW
by: Anonymous

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Chanterelles Mushrooms for sale NEW
by: Amby

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The price on them chants. NEW
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Fresh Chanterelles for sale
by: Anonymous

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How do I sale my chanterelles
by: Jayd

I live in southern Ohio and found chanterelles and was wondering we're I could sale them.i know what they are bc I lived in Oregon for many years and pick them there.

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by: Jhenry

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Fresh Chanterelle for sale NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I live in Washington State i have 100 pounds of fresh chanterelles for sale if someone is interested we can negotiate price i can overnight shipping.
My contact:

Awesome chantrelle 's NEW
by: Anonymous

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Mushroom bucket full NEW
by: Craig

do not know what you finding but 5 gallon is a lot of mushrooms.

vexed NEW
by: Anonymous

I read that according to Washington State law an individual is only allowed 5 gallons of wild mushrooms for personal use every year. What in the actual fuck?

Infused vodka NEW
by: Anonymous

Added a 1/4 gallon of chanterelle to gallon jar of mid grade vodka. Let steep for two mounth.
Light orange color. Great mellow flavor and smell.

Over harvesting chanterelles.? NEW
by: Anonymous

Because it is the fruiting body, no they cant be over harvested like say, chaga or reishi. But leaving some for the deer is ok.

Chanterelles for sale not overharvested
by: Anonymous

My husband and I hit the mother lode and have only 1/8 of the chanterelles that were in the woods that way they keep coming back. I have 15lbs for sale that are fresh and can be overnighted through the mail. Contact me at

Chanterelle Mushrooms NEW
by: Mike

Can I find or buy Chanterelle Mushrooms in Eastern North Carolina? I used to pick them in Europe with my Aunt...I miss having them. Thanks. you can email me at

by: Craig

Try them on pizza with peperoni onions and black olives.
Cook slightly overdone-brown cheese.
I agree well cooked brings out the flavor.

cooking chanterelles NEW
by: Jerry Eric

My experience is that the flavor of chanterelles is best when well cooked. I cut them in pieces and cook with olive oil until the juice they release is evaporated and re-absorbed, allowing them to brown slightly. At that point I often add some sherry, and cook that away. Onions add sweetness when cooked with chanterelles.
When I have a lot I cook them, and freeze in portions. High-butterfat cheese is a natural partner for chanterelles; great over steamed potatoes. (The same for morels.)
I once contributed chanterelles to friends on their tamale-making day, with amazing results. I'm convinced that chanterelle flavor is magnified with masa, possibly because of the calcium and alkalinity.

Chanterelle abundance NEW
by: Jerry Eric

I live in a forested mountainous area in Northern California, and I have picked chanterelles and other edibles in this area for about 15 years. I have been impressed by how variable chanterelle fruitings are. The white chanterelle is particularly so, more than the yellow chanterelle. The place I know best fruits only in a limited area of a few acres. I would guess that the pickable volume in the best years is at least fifty times as great as in the poorest. In poor years a few will appear only in the most optimal spots. In good years the bloom is more extensive in area, though still limited. Yellow chanterelles show similar trends in relative abundance although perhaps not so dramatically as the white chanterelles. (Yellows are the more abundant in this general area.) However, the difference may be because yellows often grow in higher areas dominated by conifers, and whites are more common near hardwoods in lower elevations. The higher areas are generally moister and probably less affected by the timing of fall rains. Anyway, in my opinion the natural variation in abundance will greatly overwhelm potential detrimental effects of picking, if such exist. The mycelia are always there, but only sometimes fruit prolifically. Finally, there are surely many places in the forest where mushrooms of whatever species exist and fruit without any human intervention.

fresh and dried chantrelles NEW
by: Anonymous

I also have several lbs of chantrelle mushrooms looking for a biyer I also have dried contact

Chanterelles NEW
by: Anonymous

I leave 80%-90% behind. In good years they are so prolific that there's never any need to over-harvest. Over 30 lbs collected this summer.

Looking to sell NEW
by: Amanda Yearwood

I have Golden Chantelle Mushrooms. They are fresh and not been harvested. If you would like to negotiate a price pls contact me at Thank You

ps. NEW
by: Craig

Only smooth chants this year. Not many golden.
Buts that's ok with me.

Great year 2017 NEW
by: Craig

First of all the story about the study is excellent and just what I have found to be true over these many years.
This year has been amazing with all the hot weather and rain at the same time. Hope others are enjoying also.

Shedding some light on cut vs. pull NEW
by: Mike Vaughn

The Oregon Mycological Society (OMS) Cantharellus Project:
In 1986, OMS members launched the first and oldest continuous chanterelle research and monitoring
project in North America. Society members were concerned that chanterelles might decline in the Pacific Northwest, as had been noted in Europe. The research project was initiated by a small group of dedicated volunteers, 28 who approached the Mount
Hood National Forest and City of Portland Water Bureau for permission to conduct a behind locked gates and off limits to the general public, makes it one of the more secure mushroom study sites in the region.

The primary goal of the ongoing project is to determine whether harvesting chanterelles affects subsequent fruiting. Additional goals are to assess the impact of different harvest methods (pluck or cut), to correlate fruiting with weather patterns, and to inventory vegetation and other mushrooms on the 10 permanent study plots. The researchers have published methods and preliminary results in many publications (Norvell 1988, 1992a, 1992b, 1995; Norvell and Roger 1998; Norvell and others 1995, 1996; Roger 1998), and the study has been widely cited.

Thirteen years of data provide no evidence that plucking chanterelles has suppressed fruiting; indeed, the data suggest a slight stimulation of fruiting. Until 1999, no statistical correlation was noted between chanterelle productivity and harvest method, but since then a slight depression of chanterelle biomass and abundance has been detected in the "cut" plots relative to the pluck and control plots. Sixteen years of weather observations show a statistically significant positive correlation between
chanterelle abundance and average summer temperature. A weaker correlation also exists with the amount of autumn rainfall. These results agree with similar studies
(Bergemann and Largent 1998, 2000; Danell 1994a; Kotilova-Kubickova and others1990; Ohenoja 1993; Straatsma and others 2001; Vogt and others 1992).

Excerpt from: Ecology and Management of Commercially Harvested Chanterelle Mushrooms, by David Pilz, Lorelei Norvell, Eric Danell, and Randy Molina

United States
Department of

Forest Service
Pacifi c Northwest
Research Station

General Technical
March 2003

this is the year of the chanterell in ga NEW
by: isabelle

So glad to read other comments. Found a boat load of chanterelles, showed them to local chefs who were delighted to pay 16$ they were so beautiful. Then I get informed I must have a certificate. It looks like you have t take a $300 class that is only offered in Clemson,SC in June by a commercial mushroom farm. I mean really. Bogus government control. I smell a rat!

Just checkin in NEW
by: Craig

Nice to see all the comments to my question.
No longer try to sell mushrooms but enjoy them for myself and friends. Alot more fun.
If someone were to search the web may find some places posting desire to buy mushrooms of all kinds.
The only way to get top dollar is to sell at farmers market yourself. Depending where you live that may be problem with government interferance.
Also look for local produce auction or produce wholseller who msy buy.
Best to just get out and enjoy the wonderful nature andl somrthing special. MAY be found.

I need someone to buy my chanterelle mushrooms NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm trying to sell my chanterelle mushrooms

by: Anonymous

The answer is "YES" they can be overharvested. Also when people who dont know anything about the mushrooms go into the woods to pick they pull them right up out of the ground thus preventing the mushrooms from coming back at all .We here at the Long Beach Peninsula have had alot of trouble with this problem and would like to say " if you go mushrooming bring a knife and CUT them DONT PULL the mushrooms out!

by: Anonymous

Over harvesting will prevent/decrease spores which maintain genetic diversity and develop new patches. Also, to many people or one person too often and carelessly stomping around in wet conditions can compact soil and make conditions less favorable for the mycelia.

Fresh chantrell mushrooms
by: Anonymous

I found a very larg patch of chanterell mushrooms so call 1 417 317 1900.i don't want to pick them until i got them sold.

Chanterelle Mushrooms
by: Sarah

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can sell chantrella mushrooms in Hammond Louisiana or surrounding areas??? Please comment an let me know asap if have a bunch. Thank You!!

Picking wild mushrooms
by: Anonymous

Some of you do not have simple idea how to care for the mushrooms! NEVER pick them in a mesh bag you break the mushrooms apart! Best to pick is open basket or plastic bucket.

selling chantrelle mushrooms
by: Anonymous

where can I sell my chantrelle mushrooms in Oregon

Tree harvest
by: craig

All the nice old woods where I have been finding Chanterelle have been logged. Dozer also did its fair share of damage. Will not be seeing Chants. in these spots anymore. To much sun and no mature trees left. Guess will have to find some new areas. Logging seem to be very popular near me this year.


Paul Stamets recommends harvesting two mushrooms and then leaving one mature mushroom. Cut the mushroom off at the base with a knife or scissors so that the stem butt and mycelium are not disturbed

Saving your crop
by: Anonymous

Some good tips in securing a future harvest.
1. Cut the mushrooms off above ground with a knife, avoid pulling up the roots.
2. Tap the cap of the mushroom on the ground around the area where you pick in order to release spores.
3. transport your harvest in a mesh bag. this will allow further spores to fall through and spread to other areas.
4. don't tell anyone where you pick.

who will buy Chanterelles in my area?
by: Anonymous

I have an awesome abundance of beautiful white Chanterelle mushrooms waiting to be foraged but do not want to pick them if I cannot eat them. Is there anybody in Kitsap county or surrounding areas who would buy them?

2012 no mushroom in ohio
by: Anonymous

No need to wory about finding anything this year in NE Ohio. Have been getting some rain but wonder if it is to late.

by: Amy

Wow, great input from Mike. I'd love to see more research done on various species' tolerance to over harvesting. Until then, like so many variables, concepts, and phenomena in nature, we rely on the observations of those who have studied them for years.

Mike's comment is a great reminder to think about your harvesting practices and the species in question before you begin picking.

All evidence is pointing to chanterelles being pretty resilient. Maybe I can pick a little extra at my harvest spots this year. ;)

My two cents...
by: Mike Vaughn

I have harvested wild mushrooms since 1985. I started with Chanterelles and continue to harvest several wild mushroom species here in Oregon.

I believe that the fruiting body of this mushroom cannot be over harvested, but that their mycelial beds can be damaged by incorrect harvest and timber management practices. That said, the chanterelle, in my opinion, is one of the most resilient of mushroom species, and recolonizes at a fairly rapid pace - unlike the Matsutake, which can become quickly diminished through poor harvest and forest management methods, and may take years for them to recolonize.

Further,truffle species can sustain tremendous damage to their mycelial network, since the predominant method of harvest, here in the U.S., involves raking the duff with metal forks. For this reason, I believe Northwest truffle harvesting, as it is done now, is unsustainable. The good news for the Northwest's truffle is the growing use of dogs to sniff out this prized treasure.

The short of my opinion: every mushroom species is different; some being resilient, some not so much; and, harvest methods definitely matter.

Selling Chanterelle Mushrooms - Can They Be Overharvested
by: Craig

Wish I could make it to California for some mushroom hunting someday.
Some research I have found say that over harvest can also affect the trees they grow with.
So far year to year haven't noticed any change in the areas I have found. Will have to see over time.
There is no competition for them around my area and most people have no clue what they are missing. Will have to take a picture or two this year and share. If you have ever seen a woods full of Chanterelle in bloom it is quite a sight.
Cannot wait for there apperance this year.

by: Amy

This is a great question, Craig. It's one that I feel I haven't explored enough on this site. Can we over harvest mushrooms? At what point should one stop picking? How much is too much?

First off, it's great that you're even asking that question. So many people just take all they can get without giving any thought to the long-term repercussions to both the environment and their business. That said, yes I believe it's totally possible to over harvest mushrooms. Without enough of the fruiting bodies, spores will not be dropped to replenish the species. Satellite colonies won't appear, and the mycelium may exhaust the supply of local nutrients.

Removing a large quantity of anything from the environment is going to have an effect, even if it's one you can't immediately quantify.

At what point this happens, I personally cannot say. There was an interesting article by the SF Gate a few years ago that quotes some famous mycologists and their take on the issue:

Wild Mushrooms Less Precarious Than Feared

Interesting to your situation is that they paraphrase David Pilz saying:

Likewise, chanterelles, a prized fall variety especially abundant in Northern California, generally stand up well to harvesting. That's because they ripen over several weeks, distributing their spores a few at a time, he said. In any chanterelle zone, some mushrooms are always dropping spores.

So if you're just one person who's leaving a third of his chanterelles behind, you're probably okay. Keep an eye on their patches and see how they do over time.

As for the Health Department, that is a shame. I do see the need to protect public health and safety, but I don't see them doing anything about the toxic chemicals and preservatives in all the processed food on the grocery shelves. If you're experienced, the restaurant inspects your wares, and the mushrooms are sold to the public as "wild harvested" then the government needs to butt out.

I definitely don't consider myself an expert on the topic of over harvesting, so I'd love to hear other opinions on the matter!

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