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May 18, 2009 10:54 PM

Morel's...I dislike mushrooms, except these!!!

I did not grow up eating mushrooms and despite being with my mushroom loving hubby for over 20+ yrs., I have not aquired a taste for them. Taste isn't the correct word because it's more a texture thing. The rather odd exception being "wood ear" in bought or homemade "hot and sour soup". For some reason, i really love their "slick" vs "spongy" texture.

Two days ago I was walking around our backyard with the dog and noticed by the fire pit a rather large (4") mushroom that I thought looked like a Morel. I only know this because on our many trips to the U.P., travelling through the Leelanau penninsula, we have bought pieces from a potter, including a couple "trinket's" that were lifesize morels (at least as far as we thought then, about 3").

My sister came over Sunday to help plant my raised bed's and I showed her the mushroom I had picked. We took a break and searched the back fence, where we proceeded to find (mostly in the footprint of our sole old apple tree) about 24 (possible) Morel's.

We don't know anything about wild mushrooms, so Hubby took 4 to work today because he knew two co-workers were experienced hunters. They both, upon the first glance, said we have "white morels", not false or poisonous and one even offered $6 for the rather small four. Hubby, being a shroom lover, decided to bring them home and had me saute one up in a little butter. I took one quarter for myself to taste.

Ahhhh!!!!! The heavens parted, the earth quaked, I loved a mushroom!!!!!! I sauteed it in a tiny bit of butter and a smidge of Salt Lake salt (yes, IT, just the one) and we were rolling our eye's. The "beefy"ness, my god, it tasted like it was dipped in the world's best Au Jus!!! I know I am veerrryyy late to the party but for a confirmed shroom detester, this has been an absolute revelation!!! Now I understand what all the fuss is about, and I have my very own patch in my backyard!!

Has anyone else had the same transcendant experience with mushroom's (morel's or otherwise)? Or feel free to chime in with any other food that was the same type of "awakening" to an otherwise disliked item.

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  1. I have only had a morel once, but it was the best mushroom I have ever tasted. Meaty, beefy, and I don't like mushrooms. No chance of finding them in my back yard here in Houston, so I envy your good fortune!

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    1. re: danhole

      It is indeed good fortune! Last spring was the first in this house and I'm pretty positive they weren't there. From what I've read conditions have to be just right for them to grow so I'll have to cross my fingers every spring!

      edit: I just realized I made a boo boo in the OP, I meant to say sea salt from Utah not Salt Lake salt. Brain fart.

    2. Fortune indeed since they are currently going for $27/lb here - and that's a great price.

      1. Have a look at this - http://www.qctimes.com/lifestyles/foo... (husband's family lives in the reading area).
        Reminds me of when I was little and benighted (for reasons that will become clear) and my father and his pal foraged 2 paper shopping bags worth from the woods around our cottage near Lake Huron. And my mother and I turned our noses up at them because they were wild! Regret this to this day. As Steve Goodman sang, "If your life was on videotape, wouldn't everything be all right?".

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        1. re: buttertart

          Wow, that Morel is huge! That's a cute story, don't feel too bad, it took me 38 yrs. to taste my first one. I know morel hunting is popular all over here in Michigan but I never expected to find them in my own backyard. I'm a little bummed, they said in the article that this season isn't the best. We haven't gotten much rain lately and I didn't see any others when I checked yesterday. I wonder if it would help if I watered the area really well, hmmm.

          1. re: Alicat24

            This was the one time I remember them getting any mushrooms to speak of, and it was the spring after a forest fire had burned down surrounding oak trees (fortunately stopped at our road). Don't know whether the ashy soil encouraged growth or the morels were just more easily seen. Ah well.

        2. Maybe it's because they aren't really mushrooms :-P

          I too share a love of Morels... I like to saute them with shallots and a dash of white wine, and toss in some blanched veggies like fiddleheads :) Yum!