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.