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The Morel of the Story

May 2nd, 2012

My first morels!

My first Morels. They are Black Morels… at least I think they are. I wasn’t actually looking for them. I was traipsing through the brush, looking for a spring on an old topographical map. When bam, they just happen to pop up in my path. I had never seen one in person before today, but somehow I immediately recognized it from the two or three pictures I had seen last year. I have spent the last couple of hours trying to find lookalikes. Seems there are four main groups: Gyromitra esculenta, Verpa, Hellvella, and Disciotis. These are definitely NOT them. Still, I have cut them all open, am soaking them in salt water over night and will only cook a quarter of one to have a couple of nibbles off tomorrow. This is all new to me as we don’t have them in south Florida. I guess I was wrong when I said I would NEVER collect mushrooms and eat them for dinner.

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5 Responses to “The Morel of the Story”

  1. Glenda Laine says:

    Yum, yum! Finding a morel is always a surprise! But. . .they ARE mushrooms so don’t have a lot of real taste themselves. They soak up whatever flavor they’re cooked with. My favorite is rolling them in egg/corn meal & frying, but they could be sauted & used in anything from eggs to hamburger to soups. Or eat them raw on a salad. Hope you enjoy them.

    • jenn says:

      I was pretty jazzed when I found them, even though I wasn’t positive that they were the real deal. As cheesy as it sounds, it was like the forest gave me a gift. It took me a while to try them tho. Since I had never had one before I read and read to confirm that they were in fact morel. As I was reading, I ran across story after story of people who had adverse reactions to them. Namely, projective vomit – not my idea of a good time.

      Anyway, being the adventurous sort that I am (can be anyway), I ate a few bites yesterday. Yum! Maybe I cooked them too much as all of the warning said no alcohol and to make sure they are done, done. But, they kinda tasted like bacon to me. Delicious bacon from the gods.

      I had no adverse reactions, so I get to eat more. Yay!

    • jenn says:

      Thanks, Alx. On our hikes, we have found three places where the shrooms grow. Even though no rain was forecast, it’s been sprinkling. So we will probably go out and check them again tomorrow. Wish us luck. If we get enough, we will dry some to share.

  2. Philip Dimon says:

    I have found Hooser’s go nuts for Morels. Morel hot spots are guarded like a family treasure. I found one growing in my yard under a crab apple tree 2 years ago and I do not leave out in the country but in the suburbs. Im ready for next sping.

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