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Morel Mushrooms are guidelines. I say this because, much
like fishing or other outdoor activities, nature just
doesn't always cooperate! That is why so many people
enjoy Morel Mushroom hunting. If it was always as easy as
walking to the grocery store it wouldn't be nearly as
exciting. Few things compare to thrill of poking through
the woods, grass and underbrush in search of this tasty
little morsel. When you do find them chances are that
there will be more than one. The reason for this is that
fungi tend to have an underground "root" system
that is normally there but relies on the proper
conditions to flourish. Moisture, temperature and other
factors dictate whether they will "pop" and
when. Some years they do in certain spots, and some years
they don't! Have you ever gone to the same fishing hole
several different times with greatly different results?
Nature at her best! Morel Mushrooms will grow when the
temperature, humidity, variance between daytime and
nighttime temperature, soil acidity and many other
factors are JUST RIGHT. The "season" for Morel
Mushrooms begins sooner in the southern climes and works
its way north as the daytime temperatures get warmer
sooner. If you live in the southern hemisphere this trend
is reversed. (Of course, your water also goes down the
drain backwards! :0))
Since I am not a mycologist (mushroom scientist) I won't even attempt to explain all of this in scientific detail because that wouldn't be FUN! Here's the deal-When temperatures in your area in the Spring begin to climb into the sixties during the day and are no colder than the forties at night (Normally April in the Central United States) Check Weather START LOOKING! Right after a rain is when I have found it to be the best. You should look in stream and river beds, wooded areas, around fallen timber that has been decaying, and don't forget to look within brambles and thick underbrush. Many people won't go in there and you may be surprised what you will find! Take a woven mesh bag (such as an orange or potato bag) with you to put them in. This is extremely important, because Morels spread thru spores, which shake loose as they are jostled about. Allowing the spores to fall to the ground will help to ensure Morel hunting for our grandchildren and beyond! It is also a good idea to have a long stick to push aside tall weeds, limbs, and grass to get a better look. Or you can crawl on your belly like a snake if it works. I have seen some people coming out of the woods who look like they have done this and they have a bag full of Morel mushrooms. I'm not advocating this practice because another Morel hunter could step on your head and ruin your day.
Morel Mushrooms are delicious, FUN to hunt for, a great way for the family to spend time together BUT...Always know what you are looking for! See Photos! There are varieties of mushrooms that resemble Morels but are poisonous. An experienced Morel hunter knows the difference, so it is a great idea to go with someone who has hunted in the past before you strike off on your own. Another way to get started is to visit my resources pages or the 1 Morel Mushroom Lane Bookstore. I have several books available with information on everything from identifying Morel Mushrooms to how to prepare them.
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