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Old 05-15-2012, 09:09 AM   #21
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Morels are among the safest mushrooms to pick, if you do your homework. Safe morels, whether black or white, have a cap that is attached to the stem. There are false morels that have a cap that almost looks as if it is attached, but still hangs over like an parasol. If the cap is not attached smoothly to the stem, don't eat it.

There are a good number of people that eat the false morel called "Beefsteak Mushroom". Some people eat them with impunity, never having any problems. But they contain a poison that is found in rocket fuel. Other people can die from that same mushroom. Me, I won't eat them. Why take the chance.

The safe morels are easy to identify, as are shaggy meins, and common field mushrooms. They don't have any poisonous relatives that can trip you up, if you've done your homework first. The boletes are the same way, easy to identify, and choice. There are so very many easily identifieable good mushrooms. But there are also some choice mushrooms that have deadly look-a-likes. They have white gills. The amanitas fall into that group.

It's essential to know what you are picking, know how to take spore samples, etc.

To insure that your mushrooms is a true morell, cut it in half, lengthwise, Make sure the cap is connected to the stem. Local libraries, and the internet have loads of info, including pictures, describing good North American Mushrooms. It's not hard to pick safely. It's stupid to pick without knowing the species you are targeting.

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Old 05-15-2012, 10:19 AM   #22
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Well, this inspired me to check into morels in Texas. Seems they are indeed found and often found prolifically in country not too far from me. Seems the places to look around here are in juniper groves (what Texan's commonly but incorrectly call cedar) on sloping ground. I'll have to take a look. Next year, though. I suspect the time has passed, since the season here starts mid-March.

When an experienced hunter near here can take 13 pounds in one day of one site, it seems worth doing.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:31 AM   #23
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Well, this inspired me to check into morels in Texas. Seems they are indeed found and often found prolifically in country not too far from me. Seems the places to look around here are in juniper groves (what Texan's commonly but incorrectly call cedar) on sloping ground. I'll have to take a look. Next year, though. I suspect the time has passed, since the season here starts mid-March.

When an experienced hunter near here can take 13 pounds in one day of one site, it seems worth doing.
Morels add a very nice flavor to soups, dressing, meat, just about anything. Morels are not supposed to be eaten raw.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:33 PM   #24
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Do morels have a stronger flavor or something? What is so special about them?
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #25
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Do morels have a stronger flavor or something? What is so special about them?
They are kind of smoky and meaty flavored, I love them!
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:06 PM   #26
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Lots of people around here hunt morels. I used to when I was able. Nothing else really looks quite like that. I like to soak them in salt water to get the little varmints out (ants, whatever). The best way to cook them is a simple flour/egg/flour and fry in your fave oil.

One thing I have found...some people tolerate them better than others. My husband can eat a whole plate full, while I have to limit myself to a small helping. Didn't used to be that way, but I don't think the ulcers like them.
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Hmm too bad they are so expensive! Maybe next year I'll have to see if I can find someone who has a little experience to take me looking for some. Sounds like fun! The season is just ending this year unfortunately.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:21 PM   #28
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I'm fond of morels, but must say, I truly love Hen of the Woods. They're one of the only fall wild mushrooms, and there are no poisonous lookalikes. Huge meaty deliciousness.

When I last cooked morels, I saved and froze the leftover butter I cooked them in. Nice added to "domestic" mushroom soup.
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Hmm too bad they are so expensive! Maybe next year I'll have to see if I can find someone who has a little experience to take me looking for some. Sounds like fun! The season is just ending this year unfortunately.
Interesting, Skittle. My dad, who is in Northern MN, goes morel hunting at the same time he does wild asparagus and into June. Are you sure the season is ending?
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Hmm too bad they are so expensive! Maybe next year I'll have to see if I can find someone who has a little experience to take me looking for some. Sounds like fun! The season is just ending this year unfortunately.
I'm just teasing, but find somebody who has a lot of experience, not has a little experience.
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