Morel season is short, with the delicacies fruiting for only 6 weeks or so, depending on the weather. Johny has been out hunting them on many an occasion since Spring has sprung, but has yet to "found his own patch". Early this morning, we decided to head out to an area with very old apple trees (a favored growing spot for the little delicacies) that he had hunted on his own last week, but had discovered no morels at that time. We hiked and hunted for quite some time without success and disappointed, decided to head out. We then came across an unused road and agreed to go exploring to see if there were any old apple trees in that area. It was a beautiful location, and sure enough, a couple ancient apple trees graced the landscape. Johny raced over to the first big 'ol tree with the excitement of a child, searching the ground and within seconds I heard "Morel!". The grin on his face was priceless! I slowly approached, watching every step to be sure not to crush any, and together we harvested several (it's a first for me too, I've never seen them in the ground before!).
Sorry, this picture is a little blurry but it was the first and prettiest morel we found.
They are a relatively sturdy mushroom and easy to harvest. You simply slice them at the point the stem meets the ground, making sure to leave the mycelium intact so it will grow again next year.
They are interesting mushrooms that look a little like a brain and are difficult to see at first, but once you have seen one it seems easier to spot others.
This was our final harvest, though we left a few very small ones in place and will go back next week with the hope that they will have grown larger and others will have fruited.
This evening, we will cut these delicious meaty mushrooms in half (they are interestingly hollow inside, unlike most mushrooms) and saute them in a little butter and a sprinkle of salt, pepper & parsley. It's going to be good!
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