It’s about that time, the yearly venture into the morel woods to find every outdoorsman’s favorite mushroom.
If you’re unfamiliar with morels, then just skip to the end of this post, because we’d rather not spoil the secret that’s been growing in knowledge for years now: morels are the best tasting, easiest to cook mushrooms, and you can get them for free if you just put in the time.
What about those of you who are regular morel hunters? Do you have tips and techniques you’ll never share with anyone, for fear of ruining your seasonal harvest?
Fine then, we’ll burst the bubble, and give anyone who reads this a few of the tricks we have up our sleeves. It’s not rocket science, but we aren’t giving you everything we know, either!
Try Hill Slopes
The sunny side of a hill, or the one that’s receiving more sunlight throughout the day, is where morels will show up first. South-facing slopes should be checked early, and north-facing later in the season.
Morels Are Tree Huggers
If you’re familiar with tree ID, you’ve got a leg up. Elm, poplar, apple and ash trees are known to be fungi favorites.
Bring A Good Knife
Do you know the best way to extract a morel from the ground? Some say that if you pull it straight from the ground, you’re running the risk of damaging the root structure and impacting future growth. That may not be entirely true, but a good, sharp knife will keep tings extra clean and neat.
Follow The Rain
After a soggy period, morels seem to pop up in abundance. Watch for days that reach 60 degrees for the first few times in the spring, and specifically ones that follow rain.
Go Where Others Won’t
Especially if you live in an area with a lot of morel popularity, it’s worth going the extra mile, taking the extra hike, and trekking into the underbrush, remote hillsides, and rough terrain. If someone else would say “Nah, too much effort,” that’s where you should go.
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