Morel Mushrooms

May 1, 2011 by  

Hunting Morel Mushrooms

Have you ever heard of morel mushrooms?  I never had until I met my husband 7 years ago.

morel mushrooms

Personally I think they are totally gross looking!!  But they taste really good.  Morel mushrooms are actually a delicacy.  I worked for a client who used to buy them. I just looked online and saw 16 oz for $155 on amazon! omg!!

morel mushrooms

Dave took the triplets to the farm today to go mushroom hunting.  They only come up for about 1-2 weeks at the end of April, beginning of May. They are very hard to find also. I actually have never found one myself.  They both have wet hair here because they just took their showers when they got home from the farm.

morel mushrooms

Evidently they grow best underneath hardwood trees.  Even better are dead Elm trees.  You use a walking stick to more things out of the way because the blend right in and they grow underneath leaves and stuff on the ground. This was all Dave and the kids found after hunting for about two hours today.

morel mushrooms

It helps when there has been rain and the best temps are around 70 during the day and 50’s at night.  It has been a little cold, although we’ve had plenty of rain!

morel mushroomThis is the yellow variety of morel mushrooms.  There is a gray variety. Some people call those brown ones.  Dave said that is the kind that they generally find at the farm.  I guess those taste a little better.

The yellows get bigger, but they aren’t quite as tasty, although they are still supposed to be good.  Dave and I will go to the farm next weekend and hopefully be able to find some more.

We are planning to cook these tonight. After washing them and soaking in some cold water, we will dip them in some egg mixed up and coat with flour and then fry them in olive oil. There are several different ways you can cook them.  I was looking online at some recipes and found some that used crackers to coat them, Parmesan cheese, cornmeal, potato chips and others.

Oh.. they are good!

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