Today was my very 1st successful Morel mushroom hunting day of 2009!! They all blended in really well with the leaves, so sometimes I would just stop to sit down on the ground for several minutes and look around until I spotted one. Every time I found one was pretty exciting...
I pinched each one off at the base, leaving a little bit of the stem behind so that perhaps more Morels will appear back in the same spot. I collected them in a mesh-type orange bag so that they would stay fresh while I was picking and also so the spores would fall back on the ground to eventually create more.
After I was done picking them for the day, I cut them all in half, lengthwise, and soaked them in salt water to kill off anything bad.. and tomorrow I'm gonna fry myself up some mushrooms and go out lookin' for more!
Here, instead of telling you more about it, I will just let you re-live this beautiful day with me, in photos:
In case you aren't familiar with the difference between a real Morel and fake one, the stem on a real Morel is actually connected to the base of the mushroom:
Fake Morels (aka: caps) are just that - Caps that can be plucked right off ! (the base of the shroom isn't connected to the stem). The caps I found also weren't as dark of a color, and they were shorter & fatter:
The biggest Morel I found was also the last one that I found. It was 3 inches tall and I can't wait to eat it :)
The final count of a long day's hunt is... 18!!! I'm gonna fry 'em up for a yummy lunch tomorrow: