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Any morel mushroom fans?

Frying up a huge batch in butter and floor right now and I wondered if there are any other morel mushroom hunters/eaters?

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I love them, not my favorite shroom but top three for sure. You forage them yourself or buy them?

I miss mushroom hunting, used to do it with the P's when I was a kid. My uncle goes all over the world to forage, it's his life long passion. He's a little weird.

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Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of mushrooms are these?

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I love them, not my favorite shroom but top three for sure. You forage them yourself or buy them?

I miss mushroom hunting, used to do it with the P's when I was a kid. My uncle goes all over the world to forage, it's his life long passion. He's a little weird.
Forage! Also buy them when I can because I love them. In my hometown of Dixon I grew up hunting them every spring and I still go out every spring! Save some for a random snack here or there by dehydrating and vacuum sealing them in bags or jars.

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I would probably pick the wrong ones and end up peeling my skin because I thought I was an orange.
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Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of mushrooms are these?
This is a morel.

They are hollow on the inside and have a distinct mellow flavor and firm texture, kind of like steak. Great for stuffing, soup and sauce making, grilling, saute, almost any kind of preperation works well.

Also, they can't be cultivated, they only grow where they want, so you have to find them and pick them by hand. Makes them a little pricey. More expensive than most meats or seafood by the pound.
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Mushroom hunting is huge in Europe, and almost none existent here. Which is nice, cause it makes the hunt that much easier

Seriously, I haven't been mushroom hunting in years.... I need to start doing that again.

Dr.D - Anything can be cultivated, if ya really put your heart to it Of course I'm speaking out of my ass, since I've never tried to cultivate this particular kind.... Will have to go try to hunt some down, and maybe try to cultivate them myself.

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Frying up a huge batch in butter and floor right now and I wondered if there are any other morel mushroom hunters/eaters?
I would like to learn how to find them in the wild.
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I guess your not talking about the ones that make you see funny things. Darn I use to love those. LOL
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I would like to learn how to find them in the wild.
It's really not that difficult. They are a VERY needy mushroom though. They require a huge nutrient rich soil base and are extremely finicky about weather and moisture. The season is basically over as anything left around here is dry and sparse.

Hunting for morels is all about looking for the best locations. I have two words for you... DEAD ELMS! Elm trees that are dying and are just beginning to lose their bark are the most nutrient rich in this area. If you're hunting for them you need to pick a good foresty area full of tree's and not too much undergrowth. One of the things to look for is something called "Fingers of the forest". I don't really know the reasons why; although I have my assumptions, but they pop up more often not too terribly far from the edge of a woods. The fingers of a forest are thin branches of the woods that are coming to an end. Pretend you are looking at an aerial view of the area. The skinny and long woods are your best bet most of the time.

Once you've got a location picked out you need to know what they look like before you start hunting. As was already posted their are two variations and one semi-lookalike that will kill you if you eat it. Morel mushrooms have a generally short stem and are completely hollow all the way through. They can either be a golden color or a darker grey color. (Usually the goldens pop up early and often while the greys pop up later and more sparse but that could be coincidence) The false mushroom looks like a majorly deformed morel but with a thick base and is meaty (not hollow) all the way through. So long as you check to assure you have hollow mushrooms then you have morels! They are actually very camouflaged so staying in a crouched position and walking slowly through a soft moist area is the best way to look. As I said before keep an eye out for dead elm trees. They are usually swarming the soil if you find one in the best decaying stage.

Once you have found a morel mushroom STOP. Don't pick it quite yet. Look around very carefully and make sure you aren't about to step on any more. If you find one you almost always find at least a few more and sometimes you'll get lucky and find up to 80+ in one small area of tree's. When you are going to pick a mushroom you use a pinching motion with your fingers. Don't rip it out but rather pinch the stalk off leaning a little bit sticking out of the ground. One important thing that you should know is that giving the mushroom a good shake when you pick it, and carrying a bag with small holes in the bottom is preferred. The spores will come loose and litter the ground which means more next season, or even this season if it's early enough. Keep a mental picture of when you find good amounts in one area as they may very well be back in the coming weeks.

That is generally morel mushroom hunting and if I missed anything I'll edit it in or someone can add to it. It's really a fun experience to go out foraging for mushrooms and then come home and cook them using your favorite recipe. I prefer the straight out frying in butter and flour and adding a little salt. Coupled with a hamburger on the grill and you've got yourself one hell of a meal.

edit: thanks deefib haha I have no idea why I decided to make trees belong to the elms.

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WOW! Now that's a hell of a primer! Really a great write-up!

I hunted mushooms with my parents in Czech Republic as a kid, & also on a few vacations here in the states. We never found morels, but loved the big capped ones with the undersides that look like a sponge.

A few years ago, my parents decided to eat a bunch of mushrooms they picked in their back yard & ended up in the ER with horrible stomach cramps & explosive diarrhea.

If you're not sure what it is don't eat it!!!!!

P.S. I'm curious why you put an apostrophe in trees, but not in elms,morels, forests, mushrooms, spores, variations & holes. (grammar checker at your service)


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The Cambells mushroom farm used to be down Prince Crossing Rd. which is pretty close to my house. That is..till it burnt down a few years ago and now theres some massive houses there lol
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Ive wanted to try hunting for them but have never found the time. shroom hunting has a cult following in WI. Came across this thread on a hunting forum I frequent
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Shrooming is great when you see pink elephants.
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Me and my grandma used to hunt them all the time in Missouri growing up. I miss the taste. I haven't had any since she couldn't go anymore

Brings back memories. I've asked people up here about it and they thought I was crazy. I had to bring in a Missouri conservationist magazine to prove it to them.
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