Monday, May 9, 2011

First time forage - Morel success

Yesterday the Student and I went foraging for morels for the first time. The first hour or so we came up completely empty, but encouraged by seeing others slowly walking the woods with heads down, we pressed on.

On a small rise, with some downed trees we started to find some Half Free morels, then found a few blondes. Not many but enough to make us want to go out again

Here is a comparison: Half-free on the outside, blondes on the inside.

Eighteen ounces later, all cleaned and prepped.

Check out what I did with them over at my food blog.

By the way I am not a professional mushroom hunter and you should not use this page for identification. If you are not sure, don't eat it. Mushrooms can cause poisoning and death.

Until next time, Keep Digging & Eat Well!

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  1. I've always felt uncomfortable about foraging for mushrooms, but I think even I could identify a Morel! 18 ounces sounds like a pretty good haul.

  2. The true morels are pretty distinct. And delicious!

  3. I've never been mushroom hunting. I have a wooded area in the back of my yard. I've been thinking about planting a few in that area.

    A Diva's Garden

  4. Ooh! You harvested morels! This IS exciting. Apparently they grow in our area although I haven't come across any yet. What type of tree were they under?

  5. Oh my, I'm jealous! I've been hunting under the Mayapples for days with no luck. But I'll keep trying...maybe on the weekend! You found quite a few!

  6. I have been morel hunting. They are EASY to identify, and I think the most delicious mushroom. They are easy to overpower when making dishes though, so I usually just saute and eat them :P

  7. Hi Plantpostings, Good Luck! a bit if rain would help...

    Sylvana - you are right! They are easy to identify and they do have good flavor.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  8. great work! i'm a little mushroom-chicken myself. folks around here go and they are very secretive about where their 'place' is. and your pasta looks delish!

  9. Hi OFG! - I think secrecy is intrinsic to the process.... Morels are probably the ONLY kind I would attempt to identify by myself. Now with all this rain last night - Saturday morning looks promising


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