State Mushroom

California Golden Chanterelle

Cantharellus californicus

The California golden chanterelle is a popular edible mushroom native to the state. They are named for their distinctive deep yellow color. California golden chanterelles have a symbiotic relationship with California trees, especially oaks, and help to nourish underground root systems.

Mushrooms like the chanterelle keep soil healthy by breaking down dead wood and storing carbon in the ground. They can even help to filter our water.

(Assembly Bill 261, Chapter 644, 2023)

Photo of Golden Chanterelle mushrooms

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