Ah the hunt for the elusive Morel Mushroom is on! Spring in Wisconsin is so much fun, morels, ramps, fiddleheads, our forests are overflowing with wonderful wild things to eat. When it comes to mushrooms the morel is the king, in my opinion, the flavor is amazing, once you’ve eaten a morel you’ll be a morel hunter for life!
Find morels can be a bit tricky, in my neck of the woods (northwestern Wisconsin), it is believed the morels come out when the lilacs bloom. However, this spring has been anything but ordinary and with a little rain I wouldn’t be surprised to see morels a bit sooner than the lilacs. According to www.morels.com there have been sightings of morels in southern Wisconsin as of today but the central northern areas haven’t seen much. The most common places to find morels are near dead elm trees, south facing slopes and semi-moist areas with a decent canopy. They like a little sun but not too much, quite often you’ll find them under trees close to the trunk. Oh how I wish it was that easy, just when you think you have it figured out you’ll find one among a group of pine trees or near a fruit tree. I even found one growing right next to my black walnut tree!
Obviously when hunting any wild edible identification is very important and there are false morels out there. One trick that really helps me to be sure is to cut them open, lengthwise, and if you have a true morel it will be hollow inside. Click here for a great website that will help you with proper identification.
Hunting morels is the tricky part, cooking them is the easy part! They have a flavor all their own and there’s no need to add to it or cover it up. My all-time favorite way to eat morels is to saute them in a little butter with a big fat juicy steak cooked over an open fire but here are a few more recipes if steak isn’t your thing…
Here is a great time-lapse video of morels growing in the wild…
This You Tube video was produced by Chris Matherly, for more of videos by Chris click here.
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