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.
This 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!
Index of Information
How 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.
Hunting Tips and Techniques
How 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!
Up 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!)