From the looks, they haven't been dead long.
Good luck. Morels are like the holy grail. I found some on my
property about 10 years ago. I had lived here 8 years then and
thought I'd been blind for the first eight years. But they
haven't re-appeared since.
The patch I found was indeed at the foot of an old elm-- but it was
little more than a rotted stump by the time it hosted the
And if you haven't eaten any yet & wonder if they are worth the
effort. . . . . Oh yeah-- they're definitely worth whatever you
need to do.
Thats one big problem. I have never been able to find one. I hear all the
great hunts of braggers. No one will say where they find them. Only little
hints. Mainly about an elm tree. To tell you the truth, I am not a very good
person to ask the name of any tree. I try hard to learn . Must be looking
in the wrong places. kate
things... they also tend to be like fishermen when they talk about
their bounty. "I got <bushels!> But, you should have been here
Are there any mycological societies (read: mushroom hunting clubs) in
your area? They're usually a fine source of info, and are happy to
take newbies on field trips. They also tend to have an online
As an aside, a friend of mine put in a gazebo. He surrounded it with
store-bought tan bark (oak, I believe). It rained, a couple days later
he had morels. Go figure.
no clubs or anything like that in our area. Nor Mi. where my sister lives and
the pickens are wonderful ( for everyone but me ) My sister, is not the least
interested in the hunt. So no help there. Thanks again, kate
One other thing... think "forest fire." Always a fine source for dead
trees, oak, elm, and otherwise. Not too recent, of course, maybe a
place that was hit in the last five or six years. I don't recommend
starting your own.
Elm trees have a silvery bark and toothed, flame-shaped, alternate
leaves. The canopy is usually vase shaped (gracefully widens at the
top). Sometimes the roots look like fins where they go into the
ground. Elm trees can be dead or dying for morels to fruit. Look for
trees where the bark is falling off in sheaths.
The morel season is pretty much over in the continental United States,
except in the very northern regions.
Yeah, no point in hunting much more this year. But I will remember your
hints. I knew there had to be certain things to look for to identify
those dead elm trees . Thank your help. Kate
"C. James Strutz" wrote:
Must be be my lucky day then, I found some fresh morels growing in my
yard, I'm not much of an mushroom person but from what I hear it's a
very coveted mushroom. They were growing underneath spruce pine trees,
no elms in sight. I checked it out carefully to see if its the real
thing and not a poisonous false morel, and yes it seems to be the real
mcoy, So anyone here know how I should cook them, or can I eat them
Oh my goodness, are you the lucky one. Can't help you with the cooking. I have
never got that
close to finding one to worry about how I'd eat it. . My mother did something
like this ......
dredged them in egg , then cracker crumbs and fried them in butter. Talk about
Steve, you must be lucky. I'm not that much of a mushroom person
either, yet I feel a twinge of envy. I can't remember the last time
I actually ate a wild mushroom.
Your post got me looking on the web to find out more about morels. I
found this page and realize it should have been shown early on.
(Maybe it was, I wasn't paying that much attention:
That answers the original question that started this thread I
believe. Also explains why you have morels with no elm trees. Humm,
I have plenty of aspens and white pines around here...
From the first page, there is this one:
That one is pretty informative too. I scroll down to the last map
and well, what do you know.... a dot in the southern Adirondacks.
Maybe I should get out there and look. Of course, the black flies
might eat me alive if I went into the woods. Black fly season
probably ends at the same time as morel season. There's probably a
million morels out there for that very reason (or not).
Steve (the other one) in the Adirondacks
I also have alot of cedar trees and mixed spruce and white pine, last
fall I had alot of wild mushrooms coming up, some very strange ones I
couldnt identify. Puff balls are my favourite, they grow well here
also. Last year I picked one that was the size of a basketball, good
eating too, tastes similar to white mushrooms you get at the
Right now the mosquitoes, black flies and soon, the deerflys will chew
you up and spit you out, they are very bad here as I expect most
places in the wilds, better to stay home and buy some mushrooms from
the grocery, LOL.
Slice 1/4" thick. Fry in butter until golden brown. Pig out.
They can also be used as a substitute for mushrooms in a recipe.
They should be pure white throughout. If there is the slightest bit
of yellow/brown when sliced through the middle-- discard.
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