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post #1 of 27
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Does anyone go out and look for morels in the Spring? It's probably too early but I suggested to DH that we go have a look see tomorrow out in the woods by this road out by us. My parents have a wooded lot and when I was 16 I found like 40 or 50 morels just beyond my Dads yard. They were huge too. I've seen a few out there once and a while but nothing like that one time.
post #2 of 27
I did when I lived in Michigan. I found some huge ones too!

People go mushroom hunting around here, but not sure who's property we could go hunting on. It's fun and I'd really like to do it again some spring.
post #3 of 27
I haven't been in years but it was very much a spring ritual when I was growing up..
My mom use to make the best soup out of them
post #4 of 27
I saw something really odd and thought it might be a hugh morel but it was an oriole nest from last year!! We have found only a couple on our property every year but we have "wild " asparagus and well as the cultivated stuff.
post #5 of 27
sounds dangerous unless you are an expert in that.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
sounds dangerous unless you are an expert in that.
If in doubt, double check by looking them up before you eat any.

A lot of box turtle keeper report that there's a particular type of mildly toxic mushroom that box turtles seek out and devour (with glee, even ). I'm a bit too leery to go hunting for what is a known toxic mushroom for them..

Of course, half the fun is hunting.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
If in doubt, double check by looking them up before you eat any.
The problem is that there are a lot of look alikes. A simple comparsion visual isn't always sufficient.
post #8 of 27
*confession* Ive never gone hunting for any mushrooms that you didn't have to turn over a cow pie for... Toxic or not, young and stupid comes to mind! I believe that turtles would go looking for them, but after getting a little bit older I can't imagine eating any that didn't come from the store! YUCK!!!
post #9 of 27
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Where I live morel mushrooms are about thirty bucks a pound!!!!!! I think it's because they can't be farmed and conditions have to be just right for them to pop up. When they do come up there is only a short window to pick them. They don't live long plus deer like to eat them.
post #10 of 27
haha not here, we have mushrooms pop up all summer long, in places like the backyard!
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
The problem is that there are a lot of look alikes. A simple comparsion visual isn't always sufficient.
You could say that about all foods. For example, the human nose cannot detect spoiled foods until they're significantly spoiled - yet we still all eat food and take it on faith that it's safe.

People have been collecting and eating wild mushrooms for a very long time. I'm not even sure there is such a thing as an "expert" when it comes to collecting mushrooms.
post #12 of 27
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I can't think of another mushroom that could be mistaken for a morel.
post #13 of 27
Isnt a truffle a mushroom?
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by keith p View Post
Isnt a truffle a mushroom?
NO, I'm pretty sure a truffle is a type of chocolate.
post #15 of 27
Im starting to wonder what a morel mushroom looks like!! Alls I know is the ones from the store!
post #16 of 27
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Im starting to wonder what a morel mushroom looks like!! Alls I know is the ones from the store!
Check it out. http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...mushroom&gbv=2
post #17 of 27
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People have been collecting and eating wild mushrooms for a very long time. I'm not even sure there is such a thing as an "expert" when it comes to collecting mushrooms.
True. But seems like a big risk to take all for mushrooms that you can safely buy at the store or get at places you eat.

I wonder this now. How many people really go picking mushrooms? How did those people decide to this and decide what you were going to pick and consume? Still sounds dangerous to me!
post #18 of 27
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That is a crazy looking mushroom, wow, they get big!
post #19 of 27
I dont think we have any of those mushrooms around here! Are they tasty?
post #20 of 27
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I dont think we have any of those mushrooms around here! Are they tasty?
Very tasty. Morels are have rich, buttery flavor. They also have a meaty texture. You can fry them plain or dip them in egg then batter them with fry magic.
post #21 of 27
Be careful! Some mushrooms are extremely poisonous!
post #22 of 27
When I was growing up, we had a cottage in northern Michigan. We used to go morel hunting every spring. If you find a place where they grow in the wild, you protect it, and keep it secret...you take that location with you to the grave, lol! They were SO yummy, breaded and pan fried in butter! Up in Traverse City area, morel mushrooms are $30+ a pound!!! The price varies, depending on the growing season...whether or not there's enough rain, or it's warm enough to grow very many. There's really no mistaking a morel mushroom. I've never seen anything else that looks like a real morel.
post #23 of 27
Sounds like fun, but I'm too chicken to try it cause I'm not an expert on poisoneous vs non-poisoneous when it comes to mushrooms. I love them but will buy them in the grocery store
post #24 of 27
We go morel hunting every summer, but I don't like mushrooms.
post #25 of 27
I don't like mushrooms at all..but it is cool seeing them crop up in the wild
post #26 of 27
I have heard they reside under cow patties.
post #27 of 27
Just an update, it was proven a truffle is a type of mushroom (and also a chocolate!)

Wild pigs love to dig them up and eat them, but to us they are very expensive to buy.
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