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Walt Disney's Morel by Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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While visiting Disney Land…I was SHOCKED to find a morel in the garden at the hotel! Bugs I expected…snails yes……a morel??? NO! Wooowhooo!
I collected it after I photographed it and dried it…hoping some day I’ll get it dipped in gold…or silver…or alluminum…….don’t care. Just wanna make a necklace for memories sake :o)
Disney Land, California, USA 6/22/11
This was a definate first for me. I’ve NEVER seen a morel in California when I lived there, visited there or anything until this trip. It was 2 months after the season in my area of the US so was beyond a shocker when I looked down and saw it growing there in a compost of woodchips at a famous amusement park.
It is NOW hitting time for Morel Fever here in the US…..
Morels are a delicious edible that is USUALLY easily recognized. Considered the US’ number 1 prized edible….I can hardly walk the woods during it’s season without running into poachers and other hunters looking for them as well.
Many people destroy as they go.
For those who DO hunt this species of mushroom…………
1.Use a mesh bag to carry them in.
2.It doesn’t matter how you cut them, but I recommend cutting them at the stem so you don’t carry dirt/mud with you as well.
3.Let them BREATH! MESH CARRY BAGS! Laundry bags from the store work wonderfully as do old potatoe bags.
Mesh bags allow the mushrooms to breath and drop their spores (eggs) as you walk, spreading new generations around. If you put them in paper or plastic, your aging the mushroom faster and containing it’s offspring.
Happy Hunting!


  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful. I had to go look up “morel”. I don’t think we get them down under.

  • Americans consider this the best ‘edible’ of all the wild species….It’s only in my top 20 rather then top 10. :o) Still? It’s completely out of season now…it’s been at LEAST a month since I found any in my area.
    I know they’re found in other places like England and Europe…but not sure about Australia. Too bad as it’s a very easilly ID’d mushroom…and really IS tasty.
    We collect and sell for a good price during our season here.

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • relayer51
    relayer51over 3 years ago

    Great find Carla , I thought you were going to say it was a plastic Disney world mushe. You find them in the strangest places, hope you had a fantastic time.

  • you know what’s funny Mark? The only mushrooms I found on this trip were ALL at this garden in Disney Land! I DID photograph plastic and fiberglass mushrooms in the park but this morel and a few other species growing only inches and feet away were what really got me. :o)
    Had a GRAND time! Sunburing my legs to the point of lobster-hood was worth it.

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Ron117
    Ron117over 3 years ago

    A wonderful find Carla.I do not know who is the lucky one, you or the Morel not becoming a meal.

  • lol….if there’d been more and I had a grill? They’d not have had a chance! :o)

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmerover 3 years ago

    The highlight of your trip??? I guess if you want it dipped in gold :-)

  • I’m thinking more like silver or platinum…I’m allergic to gold. hehe

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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