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CWS4322 05-14-2012 08:55 PM

Morel Mushrooms...
 
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I steal dried morel mushrooms from my dad's stock when I go there--imagine my surprise when I saw this on my lawn:

Not sure if it was a true morel, I searched the Internet and sent a pic to my dad. I'm looking for more!

Greg Who Cooks 05-14-2012 09:08 PM

That's very interesting but I feel really queasy when thinking of picking mushrooms off the ground and eating them. I feel a sympathetic pain in my liver.

Yeah, sure, they look exactly like Morels to me. I've never seen anything like that on my own lawn. Only toad stools.

Steve Kroll 05-14-2012 09:09 PM

That's definitely a real morel! I love morels, but when I was at the store the other day, they were selling them at $99.99 a POUND!! :eek:

We used to hunt them when I was a kid. We would collect them in garbage bags, they were so plentiful. If dad had known back then what they sold for in stores, I'm sure he wouldn't have been so quick to give them away to the neighbors.

Dawgluver 05-14-2012 09:13 PM

Better keep your location secret! Yup, a morel.

Greg Who Cooks 05-14-2012 09:17 PM

I would feel more comfortable growing mushrooms in a greenhouse or cellar, seeding them with known stocks.

PrincessFiona60 05-14-2012 09:18 PM

I have a large bag of dried Morels, I am stingy with them.

Steve Kroll 05-14-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Gourmet Greg (Post 1138443)
I would feel more comfortable growing mushrooms in a greenhouse or cellar, seeding them with known stocks.

Good luck with that. As far as I know, morels can't be cultivated. That's why they sell for $100/lb.

Greg Who Cooks 05-14-2012 10:10 PM

Good luck with that Steve. That's why emergency room rates are so high, because somebody ate something off their lawn that looked like a gourmet mushroom.

But yeah I agree with you. Morels: $100/pound. Emergency room: $200/visit. Your health: priceless! :smile:

Kayelle 05-14-2012 10:56 PM

I've only seen dried morels but the size of that one is a whopper, even considering how much it would shrink when dried.

PrincessFiona60 05-14-2012 11:02 PM

I know I wouldn't go out looking for mushrooms, but I know many people who I would trust to find them for me.

Dawgluver 05-14-2012 11:06 PM

We had a local kid featured in the daily rag lately, he and his dad found a huge morel, about the size of his forearm. The morel locations are very closely guarded around here. We have many friends who search, and who I trust. From what I've read and seen, the bottom of the cap is the determinate. If it's tight to the stem, it's a morel. There's a poisonous lookalike that's not tight.

Steve Kroll 05-14-2012 11:12 PM

Well. I've seen, picked, and eaten hundreds of morels and I 100% guarantee that's a morel. But if CWS has any doubt, she can send it to me. I will be happy to taste test it and report back. :yum:

Dawgluver 05-14-2012 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll
Well. I've seen, picked, and eaten hundreds of morels and I 100% guarantee that's a morel. But if CWS has any doubt, she can send it to me. I will be happy to taste test it and report back. :yum:

I'll split it with ya!

PJKirk 05-15-2012 12:55 AM

Morel Mushroom
 
Hi glad to be here this morning. Look at the false morel on the internet and it should show pictures of the false morels At one time I wrote wild edible columns in Tennessee. Morel mushrooms was easily found in an area of East North Carolina where I always gathered them in an apple orchard. They love damp environments.

If you are not sure about the mushrooms you found... take it to to Biologist that is an expert in this field at a local college or wildlife office.

buckytom 05-15-2012 04:41 AM

mmm, i'm reminded of ag great dish i used to make, veal morel.

it was veal scallopini in a morel cream sauce. the sauce was made from a reduction of the liquid used to rehydrate dried morels, the rehydrated morels minced well, cream, and salt and white pepper. the veal scallopini were floured and barely fried in grapeseed oil, chopped sage was added, then some chopped fresh morels, and finally the cream reduction was added and it simmered for just a minute more until the cream bubbled.

i need to make that again soon.

Claire 05-15-2012 06:28 AM

You know what my foraging friends say? There are old mushroomers, and there are bold mushroomers, but there are no old, bold mushroomers. I do go foraging, but only with very knowledgeable friends. The first time I went was with Opa, an old German friend (father of friends of my parents in Germany), and I remember him telling me all these different things about mushrooms, most of which I've long forgotten. Then, 40 or 50 years later, I've gone foraging for morels here. Yum, yum, but I don't think I'd trust myself to do it alone.

CWS4322 05-15-2012 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll (Post 1138466)
Good luck with that. As far as I know, morels can't be cultivated. That's why they sell for $100/lb.

I've seen spore for morels on "mushroom" sites. The spore sells for around $40, I don't know how prolific they are. They grow on a "string" so hopefully, there are more on the lawn. My dad has been harvesting morels for about 40-45 years. Some years are better than others. I am also very, very stingy with the ones I bring back from MN--it is a long drive to pick up about 4-6 oz. of dried morels! But, imagine my surprise to see it on my lawn! My reaction was "OMG--is it?! I think it is!!"

CWS4322 05-15-2012 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by PJKirk (Post 1138494)
Hi glad to be here this morning. Look at the false morel on the internet and it should show pictures of the false morels At one time I wrote wild edible columns in Tennessee. Morel mushrooms was easily found in an area of East North Carolina where I always gathered them in an apple orchard. They love damp environments.

If you are not sure about the mushrooms you found... take it to to Biologist that is an expert in this field at a local college or wildlife office.

I am 100% sure this is a morel. I did check on the Internet, I also sent several photos to my dad. I trust my dad's ability to tell me if it is a morel. One of the reasons I photographed it in my hand was to show how BIG it is. The cap is attached, the stem is hollow.

My guess as to how it is there is a morel (I hope there are more) on the property is that (a) I had a dead elm tree removed years ago, the stump remained for a long time, (b) I have received several cords of wood from a neighbor's property and the spores came with those logs/stump parts. Talk about getting more than you bargained for!

sparrowgrass 05-15-2012 08:29 AM

I've got you beat, C-dub!! I almost mowed over these this spring--they were growing over an old apple tree I cut down a couple years ago!
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...ff9006d64a.jpg
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...fc7890d886.jpg

Mom, cleaning and cutting up the bag of mushrooms:
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...ebdf308a3b.jpg

CWS4322 05-15-2012 08:30 AM

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Originally Posted by sparrowgrass (Post 1138546)
I've got you beat, C-dub!! I almost mowed over these this spring--they were growing over an old apple tree I cut down a couple years ago!
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...ff9006d64a.jpg
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...fc7890d886.jpg

Mom, cleaning and cutting up the bag of mushrooms:
https://www.discusscooking.com/attach...ebdf308a3b.jpg

Ahh--this one was about 4 ft from the base of my apple tree. Guess I better get out in the fields and check around the apple trees there!


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