Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

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Mushroom Fever Strikes the Arrow Lakes

While everyone in the valley is waiting for the pine mushroom (official name: Matsutake) season to kick off, my wife and I made use of the recent heavy rains to harvest the chanterelles (Pfirrerlinge in German) in one of our most favourite spots. It is located in the narrows between the Upper and Lower Whatshan Lake. A recent video gives you a review of the beautiful landscape here.

Since we only had a short afternoon, we took our Ford Escape to reach the place over a bumpy logging road. The first photo shows the scenery at the lake, the following pictures show the chanterelle mushrooms as they had popped up in great numbers in the forest and had been gathered into the shopping bag.

We prefer the chanterelles over the pine mushrooms. The chanterelles are easier to prepare and have an incredibly tantalizing flavour. The Japanese love the pine mushrooms and pay a premium price for what they consider a delicacy. Local buyers in a good season pay as much as $20 per pound, resulting in a veritable mushroom bonanza. Enjoy.

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36 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes”

  1. Wow, so many! I like chanterelles best as well, maybe boletus as a close second. Those you found are grand specimen! And so many of them!
    We collected some last year at my friend’s house, the one with the dogs. Unfortunately he and her boyfriend separated, so no more chanterelles there. Too many people collect them here … The Danes blame the tourists … hahaha.

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  2. Man sieht dem See an, dass es kühler geworden ist und ich verneige mich vor dieser Fülle an Pfifferlingen – hier gab es nur sehr wenige in diesem Jahr, es war definitiv zu trocken, leider.
    herzliche Grüsse
    Ulli

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  3. Peter, Pfifferlinge mit Butter und Ruehrei, schmeckt doch wunderbar, nicht wahr. Es gibt die Chanterelles bei und bei Costco im Moment, hab sie aber noch nicht ausprobiert… gibt es bei Euch auch Costco? Aber selbst sammeln ist doch unvergleichlich schoener. Ugh, heute schreib ich ploetzlich Deutsch, weiss nicht warum. Enjoy, die Schwammerl Season.

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  4. What a bounty of mushrooms you two collected! It must be a little intimidating when you first start out picking them. Enjoy the fruits of your labor this winter!

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  5. I’ve never hunted mushrooms, except for the morels that were such a treat in Iowa. I’ve heard of the chantrelles, but never have tasted them. Since you enjoy them as you do, I’m glad your harvest was good.

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  6. The chanterelles are similar to the morels in looks, tenderness and taste. Perhaps one of these days you will be able to find them or someone will find them for you. Thank you for your kind comment!

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  7. I wondered whether Pfifferling has anything to do with Pfeffer. I found one website that says it does: “mittelhochdeutsch pfifferling, pfefferlinc, dafür althochdeutsch phifera, zu Pfeffer; nach dem leicht pfefferähnlichen Geschmack.”

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  8. Lieber Peter, wenn das meine russischen Freunde sehen würden, würde ihnen das Wasser im Mund zusammenlaufen. Pilze besitzen Kultstatus in Russland. Schwiegermutter legt sie immer köstlich ein.. ..und dann zaubert sie mit Kartoffeln von ihrer Datscha und Schmand ein herrliches Gericht. – Ich habe mal zur Pilzsaison in einem Restaurant auf die Pilzkarte geschaut und ganz unbedarft gefragt, wieso denn bei keinem Gericht Fleisch dabei wäre. Alle haben mich mit großen Augen angestarrt und mir dann erstmal erklärt, dass Pilze sozusagen das dritte Geschlecht sind: Fisch, Fleisch, Pilze. Seit dem bin ich geläutert. 🙂

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  9. Danke für den lieben langen Kommentar! Für mich persönlich wäre eine reines Pilzgericht kein Fleischersatz. Andere Länder, andere Sitten. Viele herzliche Grüße aus Kanada!

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