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Morel Hunt at Flying J Farm 4/25

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    Mercurius
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    That video on the Slow Foods website was about the biggest waste of nine minutes ever. So here is the real scoop. There are actually three varieties (maybe more) of morels. The Black, Yellow and Poplar. The black grow predominantly at the base of Ash, Poplar, Sassafras and Elm if there are still any around. They tend to be rather sparse and small, but the most delicious. These are the first to come up, starting about a week ago. They are hard to spot but with each one, the next comes easier.

    Following this is the Poplar Morels. As the name implies, these grow at the base of Tulip Poplar usually and usually grow in clumps. These will start appearing about a week after the black and the height of the season is in conjunction with the dogwoods blooming.

    The final kind is the yellow. Yellows mostly grow in loamy rich soil (i.e. river banks.) The best place to find yellow morels is actually in old apple orchards. Yellows are the last to come up but can sometimes weigh a pound each!

    If you see many oaks and hickory or greenbriers, it probably isn’t a good site for them. Best of luck.

    #267047

    Bear
    Participant

    “Poplar morels”?

    I’ve heard of black and yellow (or white)… but this one sounds like a red herring. I have a feeling that while everyone else is out looking for poplars, Merc will be cleaning up under the old-growth apple trees….

    #267048
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    By the way, Merc, Tulip Poplars are really magnolias…:p

    #267049

    Bear
    Participant

    Manatee wrote >>
    By the way, Merc, Tulip Poplars are really magnolias…:p

    Deception!!

    I knew it….

    #267050

    Mercurius
    Participant

    Manatee wrote >>
    By the way, Merc, Tulip Poplars are really magnolias…:p

    Same family, different genus. Closely related to the first flowering plants but all the same, not.

    #267051
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    I’m saying… that they’re not poplars. :)

    #267052

    michaelcoyote
    Participant

    Manatee wrote >>
    I’m saying… that they’re not poplars. :)

    That seems to be an un-poplar view..

    :p

    #267053

    BrianG
    Member

    How did the hunt go? Any fatalities? I really wanted to go, but had a flight to catch.

    #267054

    Bear
    Participant

    Let’s just say no mushrooms were harmed. :-/

    I’m not totally convinced that there were any out there. Not too many of us showed up at 9 a.m., granted… but still, those woods looked amazingly fungus-free to me.

    #267055

    columbusfoodie
    Participant

    It really is a crapshoot, Bear. Last place I expected to find any was my own backyard. ;)

    But seriously, I’m convinced that they popped up here because a) the land my house sits on used to be an apple orchard, b) we had half a tree fall in that general area during last fall’s windstorm and c) we poured out the water that we soaked morels in last year around the trees in the yard. That, and the right temperature and moisture levels? Means this:

    FWIW, I haven’t found any more since. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed. :) And in case you were wondering – yes, they went to good use…

    #267056
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    SK, I know those are raviolis. And they look so good. But now I want morel pierogis.

    #267057

    Bear
    Participant

    swampkitty wrote >>
    Last place I expected to find any was my own backyard.

    Hnnnnggnnngnnghhh….

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