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Personally, I like the Black Trumpet mushrooms better than the very popular one - the yellow Chanterelles. In fact, they belong to the same Chanterelle family . Before I got into the wild mushrooms hunting, I often heard of people talked about that the yellow Chanterelles are the best choice of the wild edible mushrooms. When I went to the wild mushroom hunting, I was particularly looking for the yellow chanterelles, and often neglected the black trumpets. Until one day, I saw a big patch of the black trumpets in an oak grove floor. I reluctantly picked some of them and took home. I tried and that was very good! Since then, I stsrted to gather more of the black chanterelle mushrooms. In my experience, the yellow chanterelles are good only when they are young and fresh. When they are old, they become rubbery. You can't dry them, they become rubbery. You can't freeze them either, they become rubbery also. One way to get a better use of it is to fry them with seasonings and butter, then, you can freeze them to store. But, when comes black trumpets, you can dry them, you can freeze them, you can do whatever with them, their flavor are just as good as the fresh pick ones. They are versatile in cooking. Above picture, the right corner one, is an albinal black trumpet, or something else mushroom?
I signed up here because I found this patch of weird shrooms in my yard and always love free treats. After doing lots of checking I believe it is horn of plenty or Cantharellus cornucopoides. The patch is between a Live Oak and a dead tree I can't ID: Pics of the Patch: You can see the dead root here: More: In a plate fresh: Dried and frozen: