trompette de la mort mushroom
Pronunciation: [trawn-PEHT deh lah MAW<em>R</em>]
French for "trumpet of death," this wild mushroom is, in fact, trumpet-shaped. Its cap is thin and gently ruffled; its color ranges from dark gray to black. The flavor of this mushroom is rich, deep and somewhat nutty. Also called black chanterelle, horn of plenty and trumpet of death, this mushroom can be found fresh from about August to November. The dried form is often available in specialty produce markets and some supermarkets.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.