If you have never had a morel mushroom I highly recommend them, but it takes a little skill and a lot of luck to locate this elusive fungi. They are not sold in stores, as they are difficult, if not impossible to grow. If you are able to find morels from a vendor it is usually at a farmer’s market, and they are not cheap. Morels typically are found between late March and the middle of May when the spring rains arrive and the temps begin to warm up. I will not bore you with the details, but encourage you to research the specifics. A great resource is Learn Your Land, some YouTube videos I think give great information on morel mushroom hunting, as well as books that will help with identifying morels and other choice edible mushrooms. One that I am reading is the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. I look forward to exploring, hunting, gathering, cooking, and eating these delicious fungal treats while also expanding my understanding and knowledge of how I can better interact with nature.
Hunting for mushrooms is another layer of my love of the outdoors. It is a reminder that though there is something you may be pursuing, you may be looking in the wrong place or it may not appear until the time is right. The key is that you should never stop searching. Never stop pursing that thing you know that is out there. The reward of discovering it is worth it.
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