Below are some pictures of morels that I took while preparing them to eat. The cooking and cleaning process is a great time to examine the features of these mushrooms close-up.
I'll use these mushroom pictures to showcase some identification features. Beware: they may also whet your appetite and make you crave them!
You'll find more mushrooms if you understand how they grow and feed. If you're having trouble with your search, I can offer some hunting tips. Also check out my pages on the sport of mushroom hunting.
This is the third Morchella photo gallery of three. You can find more pictures by clicking on one of the links below.
Here you see some mushrooms laid out (not so neatly) on a cutting board. Before eating, always slice them lengthwise so you can remove any residual critters and check to see that they're hollow.
The bottom picture shows them cut up. Note how they're hollow on the inside.
These pictures show the shape of an average cap. See the ridges and how they're pitted inwards? This can help distinguish from the false species, which is often said to have a more bulging outwards appearance and a shorter cap.
You can also see here how the cap is longer than the stem and attached directly to it. These are more features of true species.
The top mushrooms still look a little dirty. I'd better wipe those off before I eat them!
The two cross-sections here are good examples of the insides of true vs. false morels.
The top photo is a true species, and as such it's completely hollow. The bottom photo is a false look-alike (Verpa bohemica). Note the fibrous, cottony insides and how the cap is attached to the top of the stem?
All fried up with butter and flour, one of the easiest recipes for cooking these mushrooms. The pictures do not do them justice. Mmmmm.......