Morel Mushrooms: Facts and Uses

Morel mushrooms inspire more passion than almost any other type of fungi.

Resembling something out of science fiction, these mushrooms are the subject of many clubs, websites, books, and tall tales around the campfire. Every spring, numerous mushroom hunters flock to the woods in hopes of finding some of these elusive treats.

Yes, morels are edible and are considered a prized delicacy. They require very specific growing conditions that are not easily duplicated. Thus finding them has grown into a sport and a culture.

Morel mushroomsThis page gives you an overview of both the science and uses of morels. Click on the links to learn more, and maybe soon you'll be finding some of your own!

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For specific stories or questions about growing morels click here.

 

Index of Information

 

Identification of MorelsHow to Identify Morel Mushrooms

Identification is the first thing to know before you begin mushroom hunting. There are poisonous false morel species, so review how to distinguish the good from the bad before you go into the woods.


Morel Mushroom Hunting Hunting Tips and Techniques

Once you really know what they look like it's time to learn the practice and culture and start hunting for morels. I'll also provide some hunting tips to get you started on where and when to look.


Cultivation of MorelsHow to Grow

Want to try your hand at growing? Patience is a virtue in this hobby, as it may take years to see results. Here are some step-by-step growing instructions and here you can learn about how they grow. More knowledge increases your success rate!


Cooking morel mushroomsDelicious Recipes

Once you find or grow morels it's time to reap your reward, eating them! Here's a collection of morel recipes and some cooking instructions for both your fresh and dried morels.


morchellaUp Close and Personal

Next we'll take a look at the science of the Morchella genus. Learn about how they reproduce, the confusion over species classification, and the debate over mycorrhizal vs. saprotrophic.

 

Want more morel madness? Below are picture galleries containing photos of morels taken by myself and others. Click on the links below the pictures to see more. (Gauranteed to make you want to go outside, or at least make you hungry!)

Gallery of morel mushrooms from America and Europe

Mushrooms from America and Europe

 

The science of morel mushrooms

The Science and Hunting of Morels

 

Recipes for morel mushrooms

Close-ups While Cooking and Cleaning

 

Happy hunting!

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Read Other Morel Stories

Click on the links below to see some great photos and tales about morels. They were all written by other visitors to this page.

In Our Own Backyard 
Over the years we've planned to go ‘shrooming’ for morels in the woods and parks in our area but have always missed the season due to so many things happening …

Family Tradition 
I do not remember not hunting morels. It’s been a long family tradition every spring. We pass it to our young ones year after year. I would never trade …

Morels in Montello WI  
I have found that morels grow a lot up here around pine trees. They seem to be even meatier than in Southern Wisconsin. I really don't find them to much …

New Neighbors 
Greetings all, I have a couple friends from Blacksburg, VA that hunt for morels every year, so I'm a little familiar with the culture. I had never …

I Love 'Em, But Can't Eat 'Em! 
I've discovered that I'm very allergic to morels after eating them 3 times years apart and every time having more of a reaction. The last time I only …

Wild Canadian Harvest: Untamed Feast 
I own and operate "Untamed Feast", and we specialize in gourmet wild mushrooms. You can purchase a package with recipes inside, and also follow the wild …

What luck for morel first timers 
The first lovely day in weeks, time for a little garden work. Hubby on the lawn more, hoping the 19 year old mower will make it one more year. Lots of …

Morel Tales from the North Country 
Most of the sites I visit show extraordinary morels picked from the US. I'm here to let you in on a little secret. I've lived in Northern Canada my whole …

Landscape Morels 
I found some fungi growing wild in my yard. After researching on the web, I found out they are black morels. I used to live in the Midwest where everyone …

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