Morel Mushroom???

I know virtually nothing about mushrooms – which ones are edible, which ones are poisonous, which ones are hallucinogenic, what their names are, and so forth. However, living in a very shaded area, and with all the recent rain, we have them everywhere! The ones I see most often are not very attractive, and they pop up all over my landscaped mulch areas.

About a year ago, we had a few families from our church over to our house. One of them brought a Morel mushroom to show us what they look like, thinking we might have some in our woods. After seeing the Morel, I realized I had never seen one on our property, at least not around the house. Well… about a week ago, I saw a single mushroom that just might have been a Morel. If you’re not familiar with what a Morel mushroom is, I do know they’re edible and, I think, VERY valuable… or maybe that’s Truffles. Hmmm…

Since John and I know nothing about mushrooms, I simply photographed it, and then tossed it into our ravine. And I saw another one just yesterday.

Is this a Morel mushroom??? I’ve heard they can resemble a poisonous mushroom.

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16 comments to Morel Mushroom???

  • Amber

    I think so. If so, they’re very yummy!!!

    I’m sure you have church friends who would be happy to do some mushroom hunting… It’s a very popular activity this time of year!!

    • Holly

      Yes, I think my friends at church would die if they heard I, apparently, tossed a perfectly good Morel mushroom into the ravine!! LOL…

  • Heather

    I’ve never tasted one, but that picture sort of groses me out…anything with lots of bumps, ridges, or holes! My son, Max has said the same thing. Let us know how they taste if you end up tasting one (and live to tell about it) :)

    • Holly

      Isn’t it funny how things like that (finding bumps, ridges, or holes gross) can be passed down to our kids. (Or… maybe they “learn” that it’s gross ;) ) Funny you mention this though. I have the same aversion to items with pits/pockets. I can’t STAND to look at a corn on the cob after I’ve eaten the corn off of it. Revolting!!!

  • Gretchen

    I grew up in Greene County and my family has always been big on Mushroom hunting. I remember when I was about 5 my grandpa and dad found a whole Chevy truck bed full of them. While I am not a fan of them, most of my family can not wait until the first “mess” is found.

    The way they have always cooked them is by soaking them in water (to get rid of the bugs and dirt) and then dipping them into a beaten egg, then flour (or cornmeal) and frying in butter.

    • Holly

      I can’t imagine seeing that many mushrooms – “…a whole Chevy truck bed full of them.” Wow!! Or how many hours it took to find them. I would think that would take more than a single season to find so many. (Can you see how little I know about mushroom hunting?) :)

      And thanks for the cooking tip, in case I become brave enough to eat one.

  • I’m not sure what that is, but I have one in my yard too! I’m not sure I’m brave enough to eat mushrooms from my yard, since some poisonous varieties look so similar to edible ones.

    • Holly

      I know! Never having eaten a fresh-picked mushroom myself, except from the local grocer, I totally understand the hesitation. However, Amber gave an interesting comment on Facebook that has made me take it under consideration. I just might plop one of these into a pan and following Gretchen’s cooking instructions. We’ll see…

  • Linda

    FYI, if you want to buy them, they are $45 a pound this year. Pete will be happy to come over and relieve you of them if you want…

    • Holly

      That’s about the same price someone mentioned on Facebook. Incredible!

      I only know of 1 mushroom, but he’s welcome to it. If he wants to crawl into our ravine, he can double the treasure. :)

  • Yum! That is a true morel, and you can tell by cutting it in half lengthwise. If it’s hollow it’s good. The false morel is not hollow, but filled with “webbing”. We love to gather them in the spring. I soak them in salt water, rinse, cut in half, dip in beaten egg, then flour, then fry in butter. Or just fry in butter. The breaded ones can be frozen very successfully and hold their shape well. Or you can freeze the plain fried ones to add to risotto, etc.
    Some people can develop a reaction to them over time.

    • Holly

      Shelley – I keep hearing good things about Morels! I appreciate your feedback. I’ll have to see if that second possible Morel I found is still out in our yard/woods, so I can “dissect” it, as you’ve described. This is becoming a very fun post. :)

      Just curious… What kind of “reaction” do some people develop over time?

  • Peggy

    I have been hunting morels for 35 years my husband took me out just after we were married and I loved it. this year I have already found 3 pounds. we also found 116 in one place so I believe finding a truck load. my question is can morels be grown like button mushroom or what I was told that you cant grow them

    • Holly

      3 pounds of morels – wow! I only found 2 in our yard. 116 is pretty impressive too.

      Not sure about being able to grow them, but I’ll do some research and will comment back on it.

      Thanks for commenting, Peggy.

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