I thought I was hallucinating. Mushrooms - growing in abundance in the dead of winter! Lord Trestan was looking out for me that night, I tell you.The middle of winter is generally not the ideal time to hunt for mushrooms, but Trestan's chorus is one of the rare exceptions. Endemic to the forests on the slopes of the Teeth, these unassuming but tasty mushrooms have saved the life of many a stranded traveller. They are named for Trestan, the Lord of Ice, as it is believed the mushroom is a gift from him to the people of Kaien and Serukis to help those near the mountains survive through the bitter winter.
CapThe cap of Trestan's chorus can grow up to 10cm in diameter, but can be as small as 2cm. It is convex in shape, though its generally circular edges may be warped by their proximity to other mushrooms in its cluster. Younger mushrooms start off white in colour, and darken to a soft caramel brown as they mature. It is not uncommon for the cap to gradiate in colour, darker at the tip and paler around the edges.
GillsThe gills of this mushroom are adnexed, meaning that that only a small part of the overall gill depth is attached to the stem. They are white to pale cream and closely spaced.
StemThe stem is thin, but tough. It starts off white when the mushroom is young, but darkens with age.