Picked at Sandy Island Week 7, August 2008
Chanterelles have 3 main characteristics:
1. The gills do not meet in a nice single line on the stem, but instead seem to fade out unevenly.
2. Gills are a membrane instead of a thick and separate part of the body. In regular mushrooms if you break the cap you will see that the the flesh of the body is separate from the thick flesh of the gills. In a chantrelle if you break the cap then the gills will separate and look like a thin flap of flesh.
3. They smell of a mixture of apricots and squash.
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