Mary Morony, Author of Apron Strings, Done Growed Up and If It Ain't One Thing

Morel Hunting Season

morel hunting season

Morel Hunting Season. Tis the time of year for hunts. Easter eggs are a fine game for some. Gobbler season alas came in last weekend. But if you are looking for some thrills and chills in the world of the hunt with the advantage of no one gets killed, morel tracking just might be for you.

Hubs says morels are the king of fungus. The flavor falls in somewhere around earthy, woodsy, and meaty. Some even say they don’t’ taste like mushrooms at all, more like ‘shrooms on steroids. However, you describe it they are flat out delicious with or without the steak. Sliced in half and sautéed in a little olive oil, butter and garlic and life takes on a happy view.

However, you describe it they are flat out delicious with or without the steak. Sliced in half and sautéed in a little olive oil, butter and garlic and life takes on a happy view.

The problem with morels is finding them. Oh sure, you can buy them in some specialty grocery stores, but what’s the fun in that? Real morel aficionados are in it as much for the hunt as the flavor. Here are a few tips for locating the delicacies.

Appearing about the time that poplar leaves are the size of squirrel ears an old timer says. Timing is critical.

The thermometer plays a major part in the equation as well, optimally a week or so with daytime temps in the 60s and nights in the upper 40s. The ground temperature should get to the low to mid-50s. With our crazy weather, over the past few months, you might have found morels in January.

The thermometer plays a major part in the equation as well, optimally a week or so with daytime temps in the 60s and nights in the upper 40s. The ground temperature should get to the low to mid-50s. With our crazy weather, over the past few months, you might have found morels in January.

My better half swears that poplar groves are the place to find them. Strange as it seems, he never came upon a single one, though he still insists that is where the mushroom grows best. The tasty morsels have been discovered under elms and ash as well as dead and dying trees. Pretty much, they show up where they show up, not unlike Easter eggs including some folks’ backyard, under pines, and in gravel.

Pretty much, they show up where they show up, not unlike Easter eggs including some folks’ backyard, under pines, and in gravel.

You can see the challenge. Oh, it is so worthy it, though. One thing is for certain if you find a patch of the heavenly food keep the spot’s whereabouts to yourself. Age-old friends who will share every tool they own won’t give up the favorite moral location. If you’ve tried, you’ll know why. Happy hunting.


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