PUBLISHED: 4:08 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The late summer - early fall forests of Southeast Alaska are bursting with delectables - abundant salmon in clear chilly streams and bushes heavy with blueberry and salmonberry. The less appreciated forest bounty is a great variety of delicious mushrooms scattered around our forests. The true 'shroom hunters come to the same mushroom patches year after year, whose locations are highly guarded and very rarely shared. One of them, Nicola Hillgruber, has been coming to a certain area abound with chanterelles for years. Sautéed with onion and a pinch of minced garlic, and thrown on pasta or eaten with boiled or fried potatoes, chanterelle mushrooms are one of the best additions to a fall dinner plate.