Chanterelles are small to medium vase-shaped to funnel-shaped stalked mushrooms with shallow, blunt-edged gills or ridges that run down the stem. There's no ring around the stem or bulb-like structure underground. Never clustered, they may appear in large troops.
They grow on the ground in the summer and fall. Habitats include oak, conifer, and beech forests.
More resistant to insect attack than most other groups, some chanterelles are among the most prized edibles. Virtually any cooking method works with them. Very few species cause gastric distress, although some very small species are of unknown edibility.