I recently ventured out in search of the elusive Morel Mushroom. Too have a delicacy like Morel Mushrooms abundantly available in our area, for free, is a opportunity I could not miss.
I’m talking about a piece of fungus that can go for upwards near $250 per pound. They are used in only the finest restaurants around the world, and I have a plastic shopping bag full of them in my fridge. If you have never tried them, they are amazing. They may look a little weird. Almost like something out of an alien movie. But don’t let the looks fool you.
They are surprisingly easy to find too. Just go to the local Forest Service office and get a permit and map of areas that have recently seen a forest fire. I chose the “Saddle Complex fire” up the Skalkaho. Morels love the fresh burns. It also makes them easier to spot since the fire burnt all the under growth. I noticed that a majority of the ones that I had found were growing in very moist dirt. Not quite mud. They also seemed to be in sunny areas, but not directly in the sunlight. I found them around stumps of old trees that had burned. That seemed to be the first place I would look after moving. The south slope of the mountain is your best bet, because they are seeing the spring melt and the mushrooms enjoy the moisture
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