Morels

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  1. Gravel Road

    Gravel Road Well-Known Member

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    Well, we had a great evening looking for mushrooms. It isn't the greatest spot, but this year we hit the jackpot as far as I'm concerned. I'd be happy with a skillet full, but tonight we found 28. A couple were what I'd call medium, but the rest were all very large. No small ones at all. Some were a little old, but usable. Wish I could have gotten out a few days earlier, but things were hectic around here this week.

    Tomorrow the wife says we're having all natural; with fried morels, asparagus from the garden and venison
    backstraps. She spoils me :)

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    catscratch Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Morels are one of my favorite parts of spring. Good find.

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  3. OkieKubota

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    I love them but can't find them...I have only found perhaps 10 in my entire life and none in the past 3 years...
    Congrats on the great finds!
     
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    Way above my pay grade. Not even sure we have them down here. But...I'd love to break bread with a few of those on my plate.
     
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    Check out this map. It shows locations of findings and when they were found. It shows some in the northern part of GA...
    Morel Sightings – Maps – The Great Morel
     
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    Interesting! Had no idea there was a map for these.

    We ate the last morels tonight. We got 4 or 5 meals out of these, but won't look for more. I believe the season is over here. Too bad, as there were a few new public areas I wanted to explore.
     
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    Thx catscratch! Athens is the nearest big town not far from me and it's listed on the map. What type of habitat do morels grow? Shaded, moist areas I assume. If that's the case I should have some of these.
     
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    Yes, shaded and moist areas tend to be best (but I find them in all sorts of habitats). Do you have elm trees? Lots of people find them around dieing elms that have bark just starting to fall off. I seldom find them under completely dead trees but others say they do. Sycamores are another tree I look for when mushroom hunting. I also look for broken trees, a freshly broken but healthy tree will often push a couple up. Burns seem to bring them up too. I've found a lot in woods that have been burned.

    They are hard to see. Pull up some pics on the internet and study their color and texture. Stop often and stare at the ground (I've found a lot of them when I stop to pee and noticed I was in the middle of a patch).

    Good luck!
     
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    I have found them high and dry on a cedar ridge. Once a spot is located, it will produce most years, so mark the calendar, and check back next year.
     
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    A friend told me to try wearing yellow shooting glasses, and it did seem to help. They just seemed to stand out with the contrast.
     
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    Been a good year in Missouri, but died fast due to lack of moisture. Wife and I picked 3 five gallon buckets full this year, so far, but I fear it's over.
     
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    Any day now they should start popping up in my spots in the mountains that burned a couple years ago. Can go pick 30+ pounds a day if i set my mind to it. For now though i have a few sprouting up under my fruit trees at home.
     
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    A few years ago they were selling for over $20 per lb here, but no idea what they sell for now. Not many people selling, usually just eating or sharing with friends. Your area sounds awesome!
     
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    I think they're $50/lb at the Madison Farmer's Market here in WI.
     
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    Just stumbled upon a couple meals worth in the woods on my property while i was checking a couple cameras. Bear and morels for dinner tonight. rsz_20170513_132811.jpg rsz_20170513_132811.jpg
     
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    Decided i better go take another peek. Found another handful. rsz_20170513_151250.jpg
     
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    Fried morels and teriyaki spring bear with asparagus fresh from the garden this morning. Having trouble fitting a beer in my stomach now. rsz_20170514_185244.jpg
     
  18. Novacane

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    I found some for the first time ever, So how do you make them? Whats the best thing to do with them?
     
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    Cut them in half or quarter length wise. Put some flour into a 1 gallon ziplock bag. Put the shrooms in the bag and shake until coated. Fry in some hot butter. Salt when they come out.
     
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    Ok thanks i'll give it a try, how do you know when there done?
     

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