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Anybody spot morels in S. Ontario yet? That last two years have been a total bust for decent mushrooms. Too dry, I suppose, or too many people trampling over the few remaining abodes.

I would appreciate getting the heads-up. You don't have to reveal a specific location (although that would be appreciated); just need the green light to start trekking out there. Thanks.

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  1. I'm guessing in the next two weeks. We need a good warm soaking rain. Then run out there and hunt!

    1. Well.....if commercial is an option - saw them today at the North side of St Lawrence market - $52/pound which is less than last year as I recall.

      There's a mushroom vendor on the second row from the east side of the North Market, near the north end of the building

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      1. re: ElizabethS

        $42 per pound today. Also, got some ramps and wild garlic, but no $42 morels. I am still trying to pry information out of a friend who was shown a great patch of morels by someone who has since died and made her promise to never tell.

        1. re: faijay

          Tell her that if she just invites you along to help with the gathering, then she will have never told you where it is.

          DT

        2. re: ElizabethS

          I have never seen a mushroom vendor at St. Lawerence (North) Farmers Market. (But I would love to!) Does the mushroom vendor leave early?

        3. Harvest Wagon at Yonge and Summerhill has them. Picked some up today! Pretty pricey at 69.00/lbs. though.

          Matt

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          1. re: Matt416

            http://www.dominion-seed-house.com sells spores for seeding in the spring, at $40.

            1. re: jayt90

              they only carry oyter mushroom spoors. all else is no longer carried

          2. We are northeast of the city. I checked our usual spots yesterday, but I think it is still too cold and dry. As Nyleve said, a couple of weeks and some warm rain will do wonders. This week won't help as there is no rain until at least Thursday.

            1. So when they're ready to go, will someone post for us newbies who'd love to go hunting??
              Also, what do I look for in a place to hunt and then where to hunt once I've found the place.

              DT

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              1. re: Davwud

                Mushroom books say one thing, but my experience never jives with this. I've found morels right in the middle of grassy sections of our lawn, along dense tree lined boarders between a neighboring field and our property, under a big pine tree and right next to the driveway in a pile of dead leaves. The trick seems to be to get down on ground level and survey the area at eye level. Once you find one, you'll usually see quite a few more easily. Some spots are reliable year after year and some never see another shroom again. My uncle used to have a spot somewhere near Bolton where he found hundreds every year, but he took that knowledge to his grave unfortunately.

                We have an annual meal we call our "holy doodle" morel dinner. It is a recipe from the LCBO several years ago which is basically a cream-based morel sauce over chicken. It is decadent, but wonderful. The weird name comes the expression I let out one year when we found monster (I mean huge and falic looking) morels along one edge of the driveway (they never appeared there again). We rarely find more than enough for one meal. And to answer another post, we've never found false morels nearby, but I did find saddleback mushrooms nearby last year.

                If/when I find some, I'll be sure to post a notice. Good luck.

                1. re: dinin and dishin

                  I've had success near coniferous trees, but mostly in dappled-shade areas beside well-trod paths. And it definitely needs to be warm and after a decent amount of rain has fallen.

                  Every notice how you can't usually make them out, perhaps having passed right by one? But once you've spotted one, then you are able to spot very many thereafter. I guess your eye adjusts to the shape or colour or something. An interesting phenomenon.

              2. I haven't spotted any in the forested areas of Richmond Hill, although I have found many false morels (Gyromitra esculenta). These are, depending who you ask, poisonous or edible with proper processing. I don't eat them, but it raises a question:

                Does anyone know if true morels are likely to be found in the same areas as false morels? That is, in people's past experience foraging in Southern Ontario, have you encountered true and false morels sharing the same habitat.

                Happy hunting all, and let's hope for some rain.

                1. Here's a great website for mushroom hunting of all kinds. I refer to it when out hunting - they even have a really good message board where you can ask specific questions and check with people who happen to be in your area.

                  http://www.mushroomexpert.com/

                  1. After some warm rains, and having a sunny day, morels can often be felt in a field or ground area that had a burn the previous year! Beware of the very similarly shaped poisonous False Morel which does not have a regular shape, but will look as with a bump, one side larger than other,etc. If you find lots, dry them and grind them for use as a steak seasoning!

                    1. For those who are interested but inexperienced in mushroom hunting I'd recommend the Mycological Society of Toronto http://www.myctor.org/index.html. They lead several forays in the spring and fall, and it's a great way to get out and enjoy the wilds, and pick some mushrooms with experts on hand to help you identify them.
                      I haven't been out on a society foray for years, but my dad used to belong and the forays were a lovely way to spend a day.

                      1. So with this rain we got today and the warmer temps. Is this week/weekend looking like a good time to go??
                        It would be perfect, just when I'm heading out of town :-(

                        DT

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                        1. re: Davwud

                          Yes. I'm going out later today or tomorrow for sure. This weather is perfect.

                        2. I agree with the above myco-fans that the weather has been right yet (but I'm not an expert). You might want to try the organic farmers' market that wanders through the city different days of the week (Riverdale Park West, Nathan Phillips, High Park, and I think the Dufferin Mall, all different days) . There was a farmer the last couple years who had some great stuff (young puff ball!).

                          1. Gah! Gah! Gaaaah!!!! I have just come in from my most successful hunt EVER in HISTORY!!! 1-1/2 lbs. of beautiful gorgeous morels in probably about half an hour of hunting. They were in the general area where I've always found a few (by that, I mean, like, 6) but this time the slope was covered with the things! I'm hysterical! What should I do with them? (Right now I'm displaying them on my kitchen counter. Miracle!)

                            FYI - Peterborough Ontario area. Thursday - after the long soaking rain. I knew it. I just knew it.

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                            1. re: Nyleve

                              First make sure they don't have any slugs or other creatures on them. We have a dish we make annually at this time of year...if successful. Essentially it is a cream & morel sauce over chicken. (we got it from an LCBO book years ago) I know the cream is decadent, but it's deserved after such a long wait and so much time on your knees.

                              If you are interested, I can post some more details here...it is pretty simple...and devine.

                              I am sooo jealous, we've only found two so far, but I'll go on the hunt later today.

                              1. re: dinin and dishin

                                I was actually considering a morel cream sauce with chicken. But I'm also considering two additional possibilities: fresh fettuccine with morels OR sauteed morels (maybe with some cream) served with a good steak.

                                Go hunting today. It looks like they're up!

                                1. re: Nyleve

                                  Sorry. I just have to gloat. See photo.

                                   
                                  1. re: Nyleve

                                    Nice. There was a good-looking recipe for creamed morels on chive toast in the new york times a couple days ago.

                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                      I am so jealous. We only found 4 today, and my husband picked them while small instead of letting them grow another day. I searched all our spots, but nothing. Last year we didn't have many either. It seems to change year by year.

                                      Notes from my recipe:
                                      Cleaning...try not to wash as they lose flavour and cut lengthwise to get any worms/bugs etc. hiding in there. If not using immediately store whole in a paper bag in the fridge.

                                      Salt and pepper chicken breasts and coat with flour by shaking in a bag.
                                      Sauce...heat 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs olive oil in a skillet. Add chicken and saute until golden and tender, then remove and keep warm.
                                      Add 2 tbs each shallots and onions to same skillet and saute until soft.
                                      Add 1/4 cup wine or vermouth
                                      Add morels and stir for 3 minutes. (this is based on reconstitued dried morels, so adjust as required for fresh)
                                      Add 1 cup 35% cream and reduce by half before adding chicken back in to warm before serving.
                                      Sprinkle with parsley and devour while you continue to gloat.

                                      Of course the fettucine and or the steak sound great also. I think the cream is a really nice partnering with the woodsy flavour and texture of morels.

                                      1. re: dinin and dishin

                                        So. Tonight's dinner was: seared ribeyes with morels, fiddleheads sauteed with ramps and a very nice green salad. My husband asked me how much this meal would cost at a restaurant. I told him he couldn't find it anywhere at any price.

                                        I salted and peppered the ribeyes and seared them on both sides in a tiny bit of olive oil. Put them in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Meanwhile, cooked the morels (quartered lengthwise and very well washed - I'm sorry, God, but I think I may have injured a slug in the process but most of them were released unharmed onto my lawn - and then drained well on paper towel) in plenty of butter. Added some brandy - didn't have cognac - and let it evaporate. Added some whipping cream, salt and pepper. Served with the steaks.

                                        Seriously. Where can you get this kind of meal at any price? I feel so lucky.

                                        1. re: Nyleve

                                          Okay, Nyleve, now you've just put me over the edge. You're meal just sounds fabulous. If I find more morels, I will suggest we try it your way (hubby loves any excuse to have a steak). I hope your husband realizes how lucky he is.

                                          I've been searching the property for ramps, but haven't been lucky. We have tons of ferns, but I don't know which are the edible ones (any help is appreciated). And of course I only have my 4 little morels. I was thinking about extending my search area today. Now I have to choose between planting my garden (think fresh tomatoes and potatoes in August) or go hunting for goodies.

                                          1. re: dinin and dishin

                                            It is too late for ferns in the GTA, they are all up, fan shaped, 12" high. Further north they can be gathered until June, if they are still at the small curly stage, at ground level. As for variety, I have not had a problem in Ontario. If in doubt, I'll taste a sample and reject if too bitter. (I'm sure someone will tell me I'm in grave danger, but I'm still here!) Look for wild leeks (I don't like the American term, ramp) in shaded damp or boggy areas.

                                            This the ideal weekend to look for morels, as the rains have induced fruiting and they need a few days to attain size, but not too long, as the insects will find them.

                                            Good hunting!

                                            1. re: dinin and dishin

                                              The Leeks are found in boggy hardwood stands, not in the wet patches themselves, but on the on drier hillocks there. They establish themselves in the matt floor of the woods.Use a dandelion tool or a heavy duty gonly few inches deep.

                                              Look for trilliums. If you find good patches of trilliums, chances are better than 75 percent that you've also found leeks. I take only a few every few square yards and none that are enmeshed with the trilliums for obvious reasons.

                                              Here is a caution - don't be seen from the road with your trowel and bag of goodies, else the patch will be cleaned out for sure. Now that I've found them, my plan is to enjoy a few now and then and to keep the stock healthy.

                                              As to morels, I'm still looking.

                                              1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                I've been trying to get a patch of ramps started in my little woods. It looks like just the kind of habitat for them. I planted some last year and they've come up this year. I planted more a week ago. With luck, in a couple of years I'll be able to harvest!

                                                Morels - seriously - I've never found this many before. And I've hunted, believe me. Have no clue why they've suddenly gone bonkers. This is the same spot I always look and I usually find 3 or 4 total. Not complaining.

                                      2. re: dinin and dishin

                                        I lived in Helsinki for five years and false morels were piled high in the market places. The first time I bought them, I asked my next door neighbor(who went to the Univ. of Toronto) how he prepared them and he asked me if I knew that they were poisonous. I was floored. He was a biochemist and on the board of the Finnish Gastronomic Society(What Fun!) and he told me about drying and boiling to remove the toxins. Thanks for the tips about carcinogenic properties. Heading out to look for morels right now, will leave the false ones alone. A nice life philosophy!

                                      3. re: Nyleve

                                        Congratulations (and, damn you)! Years ago at L'Auberge Gavroche (RIP), I had a potage des escargots with morels. You might want to try that. I don't have a recipe, unfortunately, but it shouldn't be difficult to wing it.

                                      4. try Harvest Wagon on Younge directly south of the Summerhill liquor store

                                        1. I live in Oro Medonte just north of Barrie and spotted a morel today whilst out riding my horse. After putting the young fella in his stall with some treats I hustled back with my little bag and found a total of 12 morels. When I was a kid my Dad and I used to find morels in the woods north of Owen Sound. I haven't picked or had any since then although I often think of them and always remember how divine they tasted after my Dad sliced and sauteed them in butter. We used to find puffballs too. I'm pretty sure the ones I picked today are morels and are safe to eat, but I must admit I'm not 100% sure, but on the other hand I'd hate to waste them.

                                           
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                                          1. re: KarenA

                                            They are shaped like a thumb sticking up, with a sponge-like surface. False morels are more like an inverted sponge, and more of a mushroom head.

                                            1. re: KarenA

                                              Nyleve posted a photo of here cache a couple of posts up. Yours may be darker, but the if the shape and look are the same, you are okay. JayT is right, false morels look completely different.

                                              1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                We lightly sauteed the morels in butter until just brown and a little crispy and they were delish, just like I remember from years ago, i'm hooked now....

                                              2. re: KarenA

                                                I haven't had puffballs for years. Mind you when I was a kid I was never interested in eating them because it was so much more fun to wait until they turned black and you could make the "smoke" come out!

                                              3. Thanks to all. We just found a small batch ourselves, and within the city. Made an excellent risotto. Will go back for more real soon now. Next foray will be NW of T.O.

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                                                1. re: yaddayadda

                                                  Today's rainfall should lead to a fresh crop once the sun comes out. At least that's what I'm counting on in order to get my annual fix.

                                                  1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                    I'm out there tomorrow for sure. But it's probably going to be the last gasp, if they do come up. It's getting pretty warm.

                                                2. Just checking in to say thanks! This board inspired me to go for a hike (near Barrie) and I found a gold mine of Morels! I cooked them up yesterday and will again tonight! Delicious... Thanks!

                                                  I also found some "chicken of the woods", but didnt take it cause I didnt know what it was until I got home! (It was neat just to find it!)

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                                                  1. re: JonasBrand

                                                    hey jonas i live in barrie and ive been taking my daughter out to try and find some morels , weve only found 2 ..can you please point in the direction you found those morels near barrie...you would make our weekend...please get back to me.. take care

                                                  2. I am sorry to report that today's hunt yielded zilch. A couple of rotten semi-recognizable bits of old morels but nothing, nada, zero for picking. I suspect that the season is over. It's been too warm, then too dry, and now it looks like it will be too warm again. Plus the oak leaves are bigger than a mouse's ear - so it's over folks.

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                                                    1. re: Nyleve

                                                      My neighbour, claims he routinely finds morels in High Park (Downtown Toronto) and Rouge Park (Scarborough). Says best places to look are in shady areas near old oak trees.

                                                    2. Anyone spotted any yet this year?

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                                                      1. re: JamieK

                                                        I live about 30 mins outside of toronto and have been out looking everyday for the last week and haven't spotted any yet.
                                                        this is my first year looking for them so I don't have any secret spots yet, so I am unsure if I am looking in the wrong spots or if I'm just a bit to early

                                                        my grandfather used hunt them all the time but i was to young to be interested and unfortunately he took his secret spots to the grave....

                                                        1. re: JamieK

                                                          About an hour west of Toronto...4 to 5 pounds of luscious yellows, large and firm.

                                                          1. re: the_nthian

                                                            What type of terrain or environment? There was lots of rain today, so many of us will be looking tomorrow.

                                                            1. re: the_nthian

                                                              We live in Toronto and today we pick probably 4 lbs. of morels on our dog walk. It was a wooded area, got some there last year, but, not near the yield as this year. Just going to dry my over flow for later use. Having Chicken in a Morel cream sauce for dinner.

                                                            2. re: JamieK

                                                              I've picked about 15 so far this year at our cottage on Christian Island (south of Midland). Both yellows and blacks. None so far yet in my usual spot "near" Uxbride.

                                                              They are a little late this year - still a lot half-frees and false morels in woods...hoping to tuck into more in the next few weeks as my kids are getting bored of eating wild leeks...

                                                              1. re: bdzyngel

                                                                just for the record, Christian Island is north of Midland.

                                                                Our cottage is on the mainland south of Christian Island and haven't found a thing yet but still looking.

                                                                1. re: JamieK

                                                                  Ha - yes, you're right, but because we are on the boat so much and need to go northeast around awenda to get to Midland, I think of it as being North!

                                                                  This is definitely a weird year for them - the usual spots on the island are only producing sporadically...

                                                                  Happy hunting...

                                                            3. as a matter of fact, I just came in from marking a few in the back yard which has produced a few the last couple of years ... we are about an hour east of toronto

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                                                              1. re: Lefty

                                                                Really? I'm about an hour east-ish of Toronto too. I thought it felt a bit cold out still...I should check my secret spot! Very exciting.

                                                                1. re: Nyleve

                                                                  I'm up in Bruce and pulled a few from my spot a week and a half ago. The bulbs were smallish but the leaves were fine and the taste was great. You're south so I'm thinking yous are well on. Enjoy.

                                                                  1. re: DockPotato

                                                                    Hmm, I think you're referring to your ramps here rather than morels.

                                                                    1. re: JamieK

                                                                      Gulp!

                                                              2. Morels can now be found at Whole Foods (Yorkville) for the season.

                                                                Have to say though, don't think they were stored well, they looked kinda mushy (they put them on on styrofoam-type trays then convered them in plastic.

                                                                How long should fresh morels last when properly stored?

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                                                                  1. I used to pick morels in Leith Ontario, just down the shore-line from downtown Owen Sound Ont. There was a golf course there at the time but is gone now, I beleive. If the wooded area is still there and hasn't been developed, I'm sure morels can still be found in abundance!!

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                                                                    1. re: max08

                                                                      how long ago did you used to pick there.....and there were large numbers of them..i want to head there this weekend..im doing a trip with my daughter..

                                                                    2. I have found what look like Morels in my downtown Toronto backyard.I am curious if someone can confirm from my pictures that they are the edible variety.

                                                                       
                                                                       
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                                                                      1. re: ant1

                                                                        ant1-Those certainly look like black morels (Morchella elata), so they would be edible.

                                                                        You are very, very lucky!

                                                                        SWS

                                                                        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                                                          Thanks Splendid!

                                                                          Yes after further research on line I pegged them as edible and will be cooking them up tonight.

                                                                          1. re: ant1

                                                                            ant1-
                                                                            Just did my own research: I too struck it lucky! Last spring a very large tree died on our rural pty outside Campbellford (not yet felled). Recently we have 'mushrooms' popping up in the surrounding lawn: black morels/Morchella elata, judging from your photos (& others).
                                                                            Would like to know: at what point does one harvest? And how to store them? (In a paper bag) but at RT? And how long can one store them prior to cooking?

                                                                            1. re: lin60

                                                                              I would keep them no more than two or three days. If you suspect insects at the root, kosher them, but rinse off all the salt.
                                                                              I like a simple preparation, in butter, or as a filling in a French omelet.

                                                                              1. re: jayt90

                                                                                jayt90 & ant1...THXS!
                                                                                I halved, then soaked them in salt water. Harvested today - feast tomorrow! When I first noticed them a short while ago, they were black (indents) & dirty-white (ridges). Now they are all a honey beige overall but still firm. Cap on the largest is 2-1/2". What with the tree having died only last spring, I'm hoping to harvest next year again?
                                                                                Love all the recipes on CHOW! Especially as we also have ramps, Egyptian onions, 'wild' asparagus along the fencelines awa an established, HUGE asparagus bed. I'm one of those tender-hearted tho': cannot bear to harvest (& chomp on) fiddleheads. Same applies to 'edible' flowers.

                                                                                1. re: lin60

                                                                                  Fiddleheads are very widespread and not in danger...unless we are too reckless!
                                                                                  The morels will continue to grow beneath the soil under your tree, but may not come up every year. The morel mycelia is apparently very widespread, but won't fruit every year in every spot.

                                                                          2. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                                                            These definitely are not black morels. They are in fact white morels (or early yellows depending on the book). The pits in Blacks are much different as is their stalk. They're still edible though. Very tasty!

                                                                            1. re: dr_flie

                                                                              Hmmm, well I think its somewhat hard to determine their exact phylogeny based on the small photos, but indeed they are edible whether they are Morchella elata, Morchella angusticeps or like you mentioned possibly even Morchella esculenta., but I am certainly no mushroom expert!

                                                                              SWS

                                                                          3. re: ant1

                                                                            I'm curious (and very jealous) about your backyard. What types of trees are growing back there? I have a lot of mushrooms in my yard, but never morels.

                                                                            I hope you enjoyed your black morels and keep your fingers crossed for next spring.

                                                                            1. re: rld

                                                                              Lin60 I harvested them when I found them, no idea how long they could of held out before loosing to the critters or being trampled under foot (I have a 5 yr old).I cooked them the next day, I stored them in a paper bag in the fridge.

                                                                              rld I have a pear tree in the back yard.

                                                                              1. re: ant1

                                                                                hey folks im in the barrie area..ive been looking for the past few days with my daughter and found 2 black morels...i have the next 4 days off work and im ready to cover some serious ground...does anybody in the area know of any good spots or can point me in the right direction...looking for any help
                                                                                thanks and good luck

                                                                                1. re: parabolic

                                                                                  Look for an aging tree, oak, elm, maple, fruitwood. Look for land that was burned out in previous years. Look in areas you would not expect to find anything. I found my first on a roadside, near some maple trees. They haven't returned to that area.
                                                                                  The mycelia is very widespread, almost everywhere, but it will only fruit in late spring, after lots of rain, and in areas with ash or lots of rotting wood.

                                                                                  1. re: parabolic

                                                                                    My wife and I have been picking the past couple of weeks north of you and have found lots of morels. The blacks are on their way out so you won't be able to find many of them. Half-free's are plentiful right now (make sure you don't confuse them with the Wrinkled Caps which have a cottony substance in the stalk) and the whites/yellows are growing now as well. As for where to look, there isn't really a trick. Jayt90 is correct with the trees, but even if you're in a forest full of them, you could still walk for miles without finding them. Persistence is key. Once you do find your spot though, you should be able to collect a lot. (i.e. when you find one, you can usually find more) I'm attaching a pic of some of our Saturday haul.

                                                                                     
                                                                                    1. re: dr_flie

                                                                                      My wife and I just took over a farm property near Wiarton, and harvested our first Morels on the 16th
                                                                                      They were growing on a grass path and in the middle of a shade lawn.
                                                                                      Can't wait to look for more. Bound to have leeks and wild ginger in the woods, and a good crop of watercress

                                                                            2. all quiet in 2010, unless I'm missing something. I've been searching for two weeks and today found my first morels of the season, just a pair of them though. How's everyone else doing?

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                                                                              1. re: andy andersen

                                                                                I believe they're done. I found just a very few, extremely early - 3 or 4 weeks ago. Just literally this minute came in from checking my spot and there's nothing. I don't think they're going to come back this year.

                                                                                1. re: andy andersen

                                                                                  This year's black morel season has been awful, due to the dry conditions and high temperatures in April. However, the yellow morel season (right now) is fantastic. I have found more this year than in quite a while. Most have been growing in large groups along trails. After feasting on some fresh ones, I now have enough to dry for the coming year. Get out there and look for them because they won't last long now, maybe another week here in Central Ontario.

                                                                                  1. re: earthygoat

                                                                                    still very little luck for me. Two more yesterday, a nice pair of big and fresh yellows, but few and far between. I'm near Hamilton so maybe we're worse off than you. But also I don't have any reliable 'spots' yet, just searching in any forest I can access. It's weird though, where last year once I found one I'd often get a bag full nearby, now I'm just finding one here, then maybe another a kilometre away.

                                                                                    1. re: earthygoat

                                                                                      you're lucky. it seems it's feast or famine in the yellow morel world right now. some reports of people finding 30 or so at one hunt and nothing to as few as 5 at another. i unfortunately have to count myself in the latter.

                                                                                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                                        Or...as few as zero...

                                                                                  2. Seeing as we've had a relatively cold and wet April, does this bode well for morel season this year? I'm determined to succeed, I tell you!

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                                                                                    1. re: sgogo

                                                                                      Yes/maybe; it is 50/50 this year. Cold and wet followed by a warm spell should bring them up, but it is getting late. There is no warm spell in view yet, so the overall crop may be small. When the conditions are not right, the morel roots just continue to grow underground for an other year.

                                                                                      1. re: jayt90

                                                                                        I checked yesterday but nothing. I knew it was too cold. If we get a few days of warm weather they might pop. The wild leeks are definitely up - and delicious.

                                                                                    2. Spotted 6 true morels in the lawn today beneath a dead elm tree. All rather small. What I wish to know is: will they become larger if left in situ for a while, or is the size determined prior to emergence?
                                                                                      THXS!
                                                                                      Linda
                                                                                      Campbellford, Southern Ontario

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                                                                                      1. re: lin60

                                                                                        This is perfect, I'm in Campbellford also and haven't found any morels yet. Chances are the morels you found under the elm are yellow morels, but still very immature. Meaning they will still grow quite a bit, often to 5 inches or so. If they are black morels, then they may be a bit smaller. The size will also depend on moisture and temperature, but they will grow. Keep checking on them to make sure they are still nice and firm, and once a bit bigger, pick and enjoy. Now I'm looking forward to this weekend and checking my regular hot spots (again).

                                                                                        1. re: lin60

                                                                                          Insects will attack each day you leave them unpicked, so Saturday might be a good day to get them.

                                                                                          1. re: jayt90

                                                                                            Be careful from who you buy, if that's your route. A visually close imposter with a waxy, more yellow exterior is narsty (to use a technical term). I sorted some out last year because I thought they looked wrong, then read up and found they are on the 'not to eat list'.

                                                                                            Interestingly, many of the mushroom texts seem to ascribe the term poisonous to varieties that are not poisonous, but are hallucinogenic.

                                                                                            1. re: Snarf

                                                                                              The only mushroom resembling the tasty morel is the false morel, a stunted black bit of business that is long gone by May and will sicken you. The fat yellow morels at my farm come up every rear beneith the trees in a long ago apple orchard. The smaller and less tasty black morels are in the ceder woods. I'm headed for Indiana this weekend, where I've gone for over thirty years to collect the giant yellow guys. Always come back with at least a bushel basket. My friends in Lafayette say the wet spring, followed by hot weather at present should be ideal for pickin'. I'll post a photo upon my return.

                                                                                              1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                                                                no problems bringing them back across the border?

                                                                                                1. re: andy andersen

                                                                                                  The question always asked is "Did you purchase anything while in the States...not did you pick anything."

                                                                                        2. The Morels showed up north of Peterborough yesterday !

                                                                                          The sun and a little warmth brought them out under some old apple trees. In 2009 we had more than we could eat so we successfully air dried them. So far this year has only been a small taste, but hopefully more are still to come...

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                                                                                          1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                            Small bag of morels today - maybe 4 oz. worth - but it's a start! I'm still trying to train my dog to sniff them out for me but he's much more interested in discarded sandwiches and dog poop. Anyway I'll save the morels for dinner tomorrow which I think will be pasta with morels and wild leeks.

                                                                                          2. We were out on Saturday and Sunday hiking throughout the Simcoe region and found quite a few black morels. (about 30 in total). Enough for a few meals. It's a bit of a slow start, but we should start to see some half-free and yellows showing up next week.

                                                                                            1. Found a couple of yellows on my cottage property in North Simcoe this week. They weren't too big but we cooked em up anyway because I had accidently cut them off with my leaf raking. Hmm, I guess then technically I didn't really "find" them. Anyway, hoping for bigger ones this weekend cuz I'll be looking!

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                                                                                              1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                Just crossed the border last night after the Jays game in Detroit with our morels. We were in the post-game traffic with our Jays caps and my partner in crime with one of those big, blue, foam Jays hands. Geezer baseball fans. The custom guy never gave us a second look. A weeks picken' near Attica Indiana yielded about 42 pounds of yellows. Best year ever. We took our own dehydrator and dried most of them. Fried up plenty. Before drying we slice lengthways and clean for bugs. Lotsa snails this year cause of the wet spring. Indiana and Michigan rule for morels.

                                                                                              2. Morels are out in the Orangeville area now.

                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                1. re: HenryLevy

                                                                                                  Yes they are up. I just found these near Tottenham.

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  1. re: MarleyMorel

                                                                                                    Found about a dozen today near Erin.