Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Morel Mushrooms

One of the most anticipated rites of spring here in Ohio is morel mushroom season. They are a very hot commodity, selling for over a hundred dollars per pound at the local farmers auction.
Fans of the elusive wild morel are very secretive and tight-lipped about their favorite hunting spots.
Weather conditions have to be just right for the morels to grow. Some years they are plentiful, while other years are a disappointment. Two years ago was one of those record years. A friend of mine found over 2,000 that year.  This year people are finding them but not like some years. We managed to find enough to make a little meal. My favorite way to eat them is to roll them in flour and fry them in butter.  They are delicious!!!



Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could figure out how to propagate these?

10 comments:

  1. I am so jealous that you are enjoying them already! The season should be starting here in my part of Wisconsin very soon. There is a rumor going around that it could be a very good year for them because of our recent snow falls. I hope it's true!

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    1. Good luck! I hope it's a better year for you than it has been for us. I think the ground stayed too cold this spring.

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  2. Carolyn HostetlerMay 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Pearl, They said some lady bid on some mushrooms at the sale barn/flea market in Mt Hope and thought she had bought them for 32 cents and here she comes to find out she had bought them for $32.00. They had mercy on her and didn't make her take them. I really don't care for them.

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    1. 32 cents???? Where did she come from? One of the girls at work went to Mt.Hope to buy some and said they were selling for $120.00 a pound! She decided she didn't want them that bad!
      I feel sorry for you for not liking them:(

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  4. Hi Pearl, Am trying to catch up a little since our vacation!!! I have recently seen these particular mushrooms on SEVERAL blog posts---and had never ever seen them before. Another person even went out in the woods and collected hers. I asked her how did she know which ones are poison and which ones are edible... Don't remember getting an answer... They do look good though. They are expensive if you buy them in the store/market.. Glad you found some... I assume that the weather conditions must be perfect for them this year... Awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. We have searched for this type of morel our entire lives and are very familar with them. They are not easily confused with the poisonous kinds and they only appear for a few weeks in the spring. They are very delicious! The weather has not been perfect but people are finding some.

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  5. $100 a pound!?!? I just sold 20 pounds of mine for $17/pound. Guess I got snookered.

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