On the other hand, this odd season has been a great one for finding chanterelles. These are relatively safe to pick in the wild especially if you have ever seen a whole, fresh one. They are the color of the very best egg yolks, trumpet shaped and do not have true gills. When turned upside down, it is easy to see that what seem to start out as gills at the stem soon divide into a weblike pattern.
They are too elegant for garlic; cooked shallots are a better alternative.
If you are beginning to forage, remember that any mushroom growing on a live tree is safe although many are too hard to be edible.
Try and get a knowledgeable mushroom hunter to show you. Just promise not to pick from their cherished spots. Try your own.