Here’s a post that will help you find more morels on your next mushroom hunting trip. We got this from Outdoor Hub and we cannot wait to share it. Make sure to use these tips and you’ll be coming home with basket filled of morels.
Many thanks to Mike Krebill of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for this post. If you would like to read the entire press release, click here. Also, check out Outdoor Hub for more mushroom hunting articles.
Dozens of “variables” collide when finding morels. Here are some ways to make sure you put more on your basket:
Look at photos of morels daily to become more familiar with them.
Know When to Look
Wait for nature’s signs of spring before searching for morels.
The chances of finding morels improve when daytime temperatures reach the 60s and nighttime temperatures are in the 50s.
Understand Types of Soils
Variables affecting morel growth include type of soil, ground slopes, the amount of sun or shade, and soil moisture.
Know Where to Look
Dead elms are often morel magnets. So are apple trees which take longer to die than diseased elms, so old orchards may remain productive for a longer time. Black locust groves should also not be overlooked.
Know How to Look
Use the Foveal Groucho Marx Stoop. You can also bring children and grandchildren to join mushroom hunts. They are more likely to spot morels than taller adults.
Tips For Eating Morels and Staying Safe:
- Collect morels only from areas away from pesticides or heavy metals sources.
- Do not mix other mushroom species with morels when collecting.
- Don’t collect morels that look bad such as old, discolored or decayed parts.
- Do not collect or store morels in plastic bags. Morels spoil rapidly in plastic.
- If you plan to freeze morels, first cook them a couple of minutes to stop bacteria growth.
- Always cook morels.