Morchella esculenta


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Introducing the Morel

These magnificent wild mushrooms are one of the most readily recognized mushroom, and one of the most sought after.

Their pitted, honeycombed caps are quite distinctive, and their common lookalikes don’t look much alike once you know what to look for.

Morel hunting is a common springtime activity, but do not expect much help from your morel-hunting friends. Hunters are notoriously protective of their preferred hunting grounds and have been known to spread misinformation to protect their patches.

Morels are delicious sauteed.

In the Wild

Morels usually show up in the spring, but occasionally pop up throughout the year.

They grow on their own, or widely scattered or clustered in a variety of habitats – woodlands, riparian zones, old orchards, cultivated or disturbed ground, and burned areas.

Morels are another species that has been difficult to classify. It is quite polymorphic and variable in shape, colour, and size.

DNA studies have outlined three distinct types of morels:

  • White morels (Such as Morchella rufobrunnea, M. anatolica, etc)
  • Yellow morels (Such as M. esculenta, etc)
  • Black morels (Such as M. elata, etc)

In North America, common associated tree species include pine, fir, Douglas fir, and cottonwood.

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