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It's Morel season! Got a spot?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

My grandpa used to find Morels in his front/back yard, in Indiana! So jealous, as I live in NYC and I'll have to drive to Jersey for a good spot I know.

I love wild mushrooms! It's such a Paleo thing to eat/hunt. Or I supposed I should say, "gather!" Are you going to be Morel hunting this season?

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:30 AM

You really are in good Morel country though, be patient!

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:30 AM

Dang!! That really sucks. Sometimes if it's a warm spring you can get them early, but the days have to be consistently around 60+.

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on April 22, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I'm learning to love certain parts of it.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:40 PM

it's very possible i didn't prepare them correctly

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:16 PM

that is weird, Futureboy!

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:11 PM

yes I believe if you cook fiddle heads most if not all toxins are destroyed. Just got wild morels here in Norcal. Trying to decide what to do with them.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

yeah there are toxins in them but I like them and I eat very little over a year so I don't really worry about it. Plus I boil them to two changes of water then sauté them in butter so maybe some of the toxins are destroyed. But who knows. If it doesn't upset my stomach and it's just a seasonal treat I am fine with a little toxins.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:56 PM

The only mushroom that you can confuse with a morel is a black elfin saddle and they don't really look all that similar plus black elfin saddles aren't poisonous some say they are even edible but some say they are not so I just don't eat them.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:55 PM

fiddle heads and I do not agree. later I read in Harold McGee's "on food and cooking" that there are toxins known to cause blood disorders and cancer in animals who eat them p.259. So now I stay away from ferns.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Weird, someone just posted this in my FB feed: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-Wonderful-Wilderness-of-Michigans-Upper-Peninsula.html

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:51 PM

That sounds amazing! The bounty of nature!

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:42 PM

will do, I know mushroom hunting should not be done unless you *know* your mushrooms. Fortunately, I've eaten quite a few morels and I think I could identify them pretty well.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Please be careful!

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:29 PM

i guess for now I'm a Yooper... :P thanks for the info! will check it out. I was born in Poland and we ALWAYS went mushroom hunting when I was a very little girl. I have great memories of that. Apple trees? I have one in my backyard! They're everywhere here. OK, I'm a goin' huntin'!

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:28 PM

this is interesting: http://www.morelmushroom.info/Morels-in-History-of-Americas-First-Nations.html

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:25 PM

That's two links there, sorry. ^

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:24 PM

You're a Yooper right? You're right in the thick of GOOOOOD Morel country! My signifiers are days around 60 degrees, and nights that don't drop below 45-50 degrees. Wait til after a rain, and then go out and early in the season look on the north sides of hills and trees, later in the season they'll be everywhere. Look for dead ash and elm trees, or oaks, ash tulip and apple trees. Old orchards are great! Watch out for false Morels. http://www.morelmushroom.info/Indicator_Trees.html http://www.morelmushroom.info/Types_of_Morels.html

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Head north! You can get good Chanterelles after a rain up in the hills of Northern California from what I've heard.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:19 PM

See the way to do this is use a morel hunting pig, have it find all the good mushrooms, then you roast the pig, saute the mushrooms and cover the roasted pig in the sauteed morels. Hunted and gathered. Ok, so I'm evil. Seriously, enjoy the hunt. Totally jealous...I'm looking up at the chaparral on the hill here in SoCal and there ain't an mushroom to be found.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:50 PM

A tip for finding morels is go places that have burned in the last few years. I haven't found any morels yet but I have been harvesting spring oyster mushrooms, nettles, false salmon seal shoots, oregon grape flours, and even a few fiddle heads. This whole week has been a clamming tide so I dug bay clams in oregon for two days. Then razor clams in washington for two. I love clams.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:40 PM

it's very possible i didn't prepare them correctly

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:55 PM

fiddle heads and I do not agree. later I read in Harold McGee's "on food and cooking" that there are toxins known to cause blood disorders and cancer in animals who eat them p.259. So now I stay away from ferns.

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(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:51 PM

That sounds amazing! The bounty of nature!

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

yeah there are toxins in them but I like them and I eat very little over a year so I don't really worry about it. Plus I boil them to two changes of water then sauté them in butter so maybe some of the toxins are destroyed. But who knows. If it doesn't upset my stomach and it's just a seasonal treat I am fine with a little toxins.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:11 PM

yes I believe if you cook fiddle heads most if not all toxins are destroyed. Just got wild morels here in Norcal. Trying to decide what to do with them.

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:17 PM

Can't wait for more spring wild things here! Ramps are comin in but it's been so cold and weird this spring- it's just like March here right now in SW WI....... I'm really looking forward to wildcrafting- holy spring fever.

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:15 PM

thank you. this post just made me very happy. morels!!!!

i'm not sure how many morels there are around here, but i am going to ask around and see if i can't score some. Also, ramp season is coming soon too!!

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:42 PM

will do, I know mushroom hunting should not be done unless you *know* your mushrooms. Fortunately, I've eaten quite a few morels and I think I could identify them pretty well.

4aa3281b2b5c6ec066c82675ee3df5f7

on April 22, 2011
at 04:56 PM

The only mushroom that you can confuse with a morel is a black elfin saddle and they don't really look all that similar plus black elfin saddles aren't poisonous some say they are even edible but some say they are not so I just don't eat them.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:24 PM

You're a Yooper right? You're right in the thick of GOOOOOD Morel country! My signifiers are days around 60 degrees, and nights that don't drop below 45-50 degrees. Wait til after a rain, and then go out and early in the season look on the north sides of hills and trees, later in the season they'll be everywhere. Look for dead ash and elm trees, or oaks, ash tulip and apple trees. Old orchards are great! Watch out for false Morels. http://www.morelmushroom.info/Indicator_Trees.html http://www.morelmushroom.info/Types_of_Morels.html

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:29 PM

i guess for now I'm a Yooper... :P thanks for the info! will check it out. I was born in Poland and we ALWAYS went mushroom hunting when I was a very little girl. I have great memories of that. Apple trees? I have one in my backyard! They're everywhere here. OK, I'm a goin' huntin'!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 22, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Please be careful!

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(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:25 PM

That's two links there, sorry. ^

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on April 22, 2011
at 05:16 PM

that is weird, Futureboy!

Medium avatar

(5639)

on April 22, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Weird, someone just posted this in my FB feed: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-Wonderful-Wilderness-of-Michigans-Upper-Peninsula.html

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on July 28, 2013
at 02:48 AM

I wish! We don't have them here and they are seriously $50/lb. But where I'm from in WV they call them "molly moochers" and they're plentiful!

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on July 27, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Morels are pretty distinctive, even odd looking, so it's hard to confuse them with other (poisonous) mushrooms. I like to slice them and saute them in ghee or butter for just a few minutes- overcooking makes them mushy

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:40 AM

mmm. it just snowed 2 inches here, i do NOT have a spot yet... looks like i will have to wait.

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(5639)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:30 AM

You really are in good Morel country though, be patient!

Medium avatar

(5639)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:30 AM

Dang!! That really sucks. Sometimes if it's a warm spring you can get them early, but the days have to be consistently around 60+.

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on April 22, 2011
at 08:03 PM

got to love jersey!

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on April 22, 2011
at 08:34 PM

I'm learning to love certain parts of it.

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