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  • Santa Cruz Fungi

Black Trumpet Mushroom

Common Names: Horn of Plenty, Trompette de la Mort, Trombetta dei Morti, Trumpet of the Dead, Black Chanterelle



​Truffle-like, Floral, Smoky Flavor




West Coast - North America

Edible Wild Mushroom



~ 7 days

Funnel-shaped - Deep purple, grey, brown




Craterellus cornucopioide



Black trumpet illustration dancing

Photo of black trumpet mushroom

Black Trumpet Mushroom Health Benefits


Black trumpets are an edible mushroom that’s nutritious and delicious! Their potential health benefits make them worth adding to your meal planning. Did you know their packed with protein, phenols, flavonoids, vitamin c, polyunsaturated fatty acids, beta-carotene, and lycopene? Let’s dive into more details: Rich in Nutrients: Black trumpet mushrooms are low in calories but high in essential nutrients such as fiber, protein, potassium, copper, vitamin D, and selenium. They also contain antioxidants that help to protect cells from damage.

  • Boost Immunity: Contain beta-glucans, which are complex carbohydrates that can stimulate the immune system and help fight off infections.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the body and alleviate symptoms of conditions such as arthritis, asthma, and allergies.

  • Support Heart Health: A good source of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and support heart health. They are also low in sodium and cholesterol, making them a heart-healthy food.

  • Aid in Digestion: Their high fiber content can help promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation. Fiber also helps to feed beneficial gut bacteria, which are important for overall gut health.

  • Potential Anti-Cancer Properties: Research suggests that these mushrooms may have anti-cancer properties, possibly due to their antioxidant and immune-boosting effects.

Black trumpet mushrooms growing on the forest floor near leaf litter

How To Store Black Trumpet Mushrooms


Keep your black trumpet mushrooms in the fridge, inside the wax paper bag. They'll keep fresh for about 7 days.

If you don't plan on eating them within the 7-day window, we recommend:

  • Cooking then storing in the freezer.

  • Drying in a dehydrator.

  • Drying in the oven at its lowest setting for 2 hours. Flip them halfway through.


Pro Tip #1 → Dried black trumpet mushrooms can be rehydrated by soaking in warm water for 20 minutes or by tossing them in a simmering soup!

Pro Tip #2 → Store mushrooms towards the top of the fridge. Avoid the veggie drawer, it's often too cold for them!

Black trumpet mushrooms growing on ground hidden by leaf litter and mossy log

How To Prepare Black Trumpet Mushrooms


Black trumpets are prone to getting pine needles or grit stuck in their funnels.

  1. Tear in half vertically to break up folded areas.

  2. Put strips in large bowl filled with cold water. Gently swish around to loosen bits. Allow grit to settle to the bottom.

  3. Remove with loose fingers keeping bits in bowl. Gently squeeze out excess water. Repeat up to 4x but usually once is enough. Now they’re ready to sauté (or whatever your favorite recipe calls for)!

Mushroom Hunting for Black Trumpet Mushrooms (Black Chanterelles)


Craterellus cornucopioides and craterellus fallax are a mycorrhizal type mushroom, meaning they have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of many plants. Mushroom hunters typically find these trumpet-shaped fungi growing deep in the hillsides on the forest floor, near beech or oak leaf litter. They never fruit directly on trees! Fresh black trumpets can be found throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Korea

Black Trumpet Mushroom Recipes We LovE


Black trumpets are a California delicacy. They have a very pleasant floral scent and cook to have a subtle truffle-like woodsy flavor. Their purple-blackish color give any dish a deep beautiful color.


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