You might find <http://thegreatmorel.com/index.shtml useful too.
If you are a first time hunter, you should make your first hunting
expedition with someone who knows what a good morel looks like.
There are several types of morels, some edible and others poisonous.
The woods will dole out many types of fungi to the hunter, therefore,
The Great Morel recommends that all shroomers - rookies and veterans
alike visit Edible and Poisonous Mushroom Page by Barbara Bassett,
Naturalist. This site has great images of the good, the bad and the
uglies! Click here for other great sources of morel identification as
well as make sure to visit The Great Morel's page on the false morel.
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information for a totaly safe mushroom hunt because some mushrooms are
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some mushrooms are poisonous, even deadly.
We only get one life, so I believe. We all need to determine the amount
of caution that we need to protect it. There are the known knowns, the
Looks a little "off" to me. I wouldn't eat it unless I'd had it verified by
an expert. The top is too small and the base is a bit too filled in.
Those are indeed morels, but it would seem to be the wrong time of year for
them in CA. My hunting partners & I have picked over 2000 this year. The
ones you have are probably Morchella esculenta, although that name may be in
error as they are a European species. We are rapidly discovering that many
of the N. American fungi that were given European names are not the same
David Farber;957425 Wrote:
> I found these mysterious things growing in my garden. The internet says
> (http://tinyurl.com/73859wa )
My favorite is hunting Morel mushrooms. They only grow in the spring,
from about mid March to mid May, and they are a wonderful treat that can
be cooked in a number of different ways and make the perfect side dish
or topper for most meals. Morels have a wonderful strong flavor that
cannot be compared with any other food, whether fungal or not. After
cleaning and slicing each mushroom it is time to cook them. There are
many recipes and preferred methods for doing this. Among my favorites is
to either sautee' them in butter, salt, pepper and garlic. Or the most
common way to cook them is to batter and fry them.
On Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:02:32 -0700, "David Farber"
In another newsgroup, this would be called a 'Gloat' -- and my
response would be "You suck".<g>
Sure look like morels from here. I had some in my yard *once* 20
yrs ago. Best mushrooms ever-- And they never returned.
Cut the stems, don't pluck them. Dry them, fry them, enjoy them.
take a few and soak them in cool water overnight.
go out and dig a trench off to the side someplace
you don't mind not mowing for a bit if mushrooms
take some fruitwood sprinkle it with the water
you've soaked morels in. bury. wait. hope.
my bro hunts morels in the woods, takes his water
from cleaning them and dumps it outside. now has
morels in his yard.
i took some water from morels and dumped it out
here in several locations last year, but i suspect
it will take more than one year for the fungal mass
to be large enough to fruit. if it actually does
something that would be great...
It is thought that at least some morels are mycoryzal, so pour your cleaning
water near trees they associate with. Here in the Southern Appalachians
those trees are tulip poplar, ash and apple. We don't have elms here, but
morels are known to associate with same. There has been some success
cultivating black morels on the west coast in Douglas fir chips.
Yes, there are many kits available, but they are only about 30% successful.
The most successful are the kits for the "burn site" morels. The process
involves layering ash and charcoal along with the spawn. Do a "Google"
search for morel kits, I believe you'll find quite a few.
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