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Morel Mushroom
updated: Mar 10, 2017, 1:10 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Please tell me that I have Morels growing in my back yard! I found these beauties growing in a shady corner usually favored by our dog. Is my watering mouth premature or hasty? Can someone kindly help with an identification?

Many thanks

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 COMMENT 763167 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-13 08:53 AM

I'm not a mycologist but I've taken a recent interest, due to the massive diversity that has popped up in recent weeks. As I understand it, Morels are one of the easier to identify. Based on my reading, these do look like Morels and their look alike false-morel is fairly easy to spot. Morels are pitted, hollow and the cap attaches to the stem at the base of the cap. False morels are wrinkled, not pitted, filled with a cotton like substance (mycelia) and the stem attaches to the apex of the cap. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morchella

 

 COMMENT 762866 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 09:36 AM

Bob C. here. Yes, those are morels, probably the urban morel, Morchella rufobrunnea. Best if they are split open (hollow inside, where the pill bugs hide) and washed out. Cook them pretty well, as they probably have at least some of the toxin monomethylhydrazine, which is volatile and removed by cooking. BTW, the number that was given wasn't correct.

 

 COMMENT 762864P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 09:21 AM

Sure - gobble away and call us in the morning.

 

 COMMENT 762857P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 08:47 AM

854 - I think you should split your mushrooms with Bob Cummings.

 

 COMMENT 762854 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 08:04 AM

OP here. Thank you all for your kind comments. Thank you especially, 749. I will use Dr. Cummings contact information with discretion.

 

 COMMENT 762852 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 07:54 AM

It's not just favored by your dog, someone left their keys there too.

 

 COMMENT 762841 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-11 07:08 AM

Yes they are. We had them growing in our woods in the spring in Mich. Very hard to clean but delicious. Actually we cleaned them and then dried them for future use we had so many.

 

 COMMENT 762823P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 06:39 PM

Yes, those are morels. I grew up hunting them and we always soaked them, because usually there were ants, etc. in them. For those who are jealous, you can order them online from the Oregon Mushrooms: http://www.oregonmushrooms.com/

 

 COMMENT 762819P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 06:30 PM

When's dinner?

 

 COMMENT 762816 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 05:54 PM

I tried to fit in but there wasn't mushroom....

 

 COMMENT 762811P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 05:08 PM

A. Brown is a disciple of Harold McGee. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/jan/18/should-you-wash-mushrooms

 

 COMMENT 762810P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 05:07 PM

Usually is fine to brush mushrooms off, but the water-logged thing is a myth. Alton Brown on Snopes: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?
t=38792

Yeah, I was a rabid fan of his.

2 1/2 minute video how to buy store & clean: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-fungal-saute-recipe

Show transcript, search for "wash" http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/season2/mushroom/mushroomtranscript
.htm

"Just to keep things completely scientific we will give mine a weigh both pre and post wash. So, we will know if water has been absorbed. We've got 32 ounces or 2 pounds including the bowl. That's 1.5 grams of H2O per 'shroom. [and much faster] If your mushrooms aren't visibly dirty, there's no need to wash them. If they do need a bath, use cold water."

 

 COMMENT 762799P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 04:31 PM

nice mushroom

 

 COMMENT 762798 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 04:30 PM

1. Favored by your dog? Then should not be so by you.
2. The washing post: wrong. Morels, unlike some other mushrooms, do just fine even soaked for a short time to remove the debris----and dilute the dog pee. (Kidding. Don't eat anything from areas "favored by dogs, or cats.")

 

 COMMENT 762796 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 04:20 PM

779 Tons of local's private, unlisted numbers slipped months ago when Cox screwed up, they even (poorly) remedied the situation by paying those effected 4 whopping dollars each. It's "fixed" now, but that doesn't really matter, the numbers were posted online and you can bet they were indexed by outside sources in that time. Go on familytreenow dot com and be amazed at how much of your information they (or anyone, really) are able to aggregate, it's frighteningly detailed w/addresses going back decades, phone numbers, family members...

 

 COMMENT 762795 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 04:19 PM

Eat them and if you live, they're OK

 

 COMMENT 762791P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 04:13 PM

These are morels and you're a lucky person.
When you pick them do NOT uproot them : cut them off with a knife : this way they'll come back at some other time (next big rain period).
Do not wash them : it makes them soggy : brush them with a wet paper towel to get the dirt off them.
Last thing : do not overcook them ..
Enjoy !

 

 COMMENT 762783 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 03:51 PM

I don't care if they're million dollar truffles, I'm not eating anything found in a location "favored by my dog".

 

 COMMENT 762780 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 03:47 PM

760-it seems kinda obvious that 749 might know bob too.

"He's very kind, will usually ID for free" those kinds of things aren't made up.

 

 COMMENT 762779 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 03:45 PM

760P if anyone cares enough about personal privacy to not want their home phone number publicized, they should probably not be listed in the phone book. I just googled him and found his home address, too. If you care about your own privacy, or that of others, encourage them to not be listed, and follow suite, yourself.

 

 COMMENT 762760P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 02:32 PM

749. Sure Bob is okay with you posting his home phone # on Edhat (or anywhere else, for that matter)? I know Bob and I would never post his info, even if it is listed in the white pages.

 

 COMMENT 762749 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 02:14 PM

Call the tri-county's mushroom expert, Dr. Bob Cummings.

Cursory google white pages search says that his land line phone number is (805) 565-0341. See if you can bring them to him for an ID, he's very kind and will usually let you know the ID for free.

He's the guy the hospital calls to find out if their patient needs a liver transplant after eating toxic mushrooms. A trusted source.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 01:50 PM

I would suggest not eating until you take it to an expert. Mushrooms can be easily misidentified. It is lovely looking.

 

 COMMENT 762732 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 01:49 PM

I don't think I'm allowed to say what it looks like...

 

 COMMENT 762729 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 01:34 PM

gobble away !

 

 COMMENT 762726 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-10 01:22 PM

Sure are! I've found them in imported mulch a few times before.

 

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