Did I mention spring is my favorite time of year? A few of my favorite parts of morel mushroom hunting, the great cool weather, bright green grass, and the way the air smells so clean. You probably are wondering what in the world an morel mushrooms is.
What is a Morel Mushroom?
They are a honeycombed shaped wild mushroom, that is easily recognized by their shape. You can only hunt them in early spring here in Kentucky. We usually find them between March-May, because weather plays a huge part in morel’s growth.
Why so Fun to Hunt?
It is a great excuse to get out in to the woods before hot weather, bugs, or poison ivy is out. Plus we are usually tired of being cooped up from a long winter. You get to see all the great new growth of woods. And don’t forget about the great exercise!
Hunting them teaches you patience, to look for the unexpected, and to watch where you walk. There is nothing worse than realizing you just stepped on one.
Morel hunting has been a favorite pastime of out family, that has been passed down through the generations. I have very fond memories of going with my Grandma. She had the best eye for spotting them in the whole family.
How to eat them?
We love to fry them, and serve them up with a great country breakfast (scramble eggs, homemade buttermilk biscuits, and farm raised sausage from Cutter’s Ridge). You always want to soak mushrooms a few hours before eating them.
Links for More Information:
I loved this article from Field and Stream about properly identifying morels, where to look, and prepping them for eating. It has several great images to help you identify the correct ones.
Morel Hunters shows a cool sightings map.
Here is a great Facebook group dedicating to Morels. They do have a website for purchasing dried morels and some cool shirts. (I have never ordered from here).
Visit Haley’s Vintage Finds & Deals’s profile on Pinterest.
Do you love morel hunting? What’s your favorite way to eat them? First time hearing about them? Let’s get a conversation going! Just comment below…
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