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May 5, 2010 09:22 AM

Morel mushroom hunting

Has anyone had any luck finding morel mushrooms in the woods of Mass. or NH?

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  1. Based on comments in this recent thread:
    and the complete lack of response to this one:
    I suspect that if anyone has they're not sharing the info.

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    1. re: Allstonian

      Yeah, I was hoping to get someone in an addled state to inadvertently reveal his or her favorite foraging grounds. One of my colleagues found one in Salem, randomly growing under a tree downtown. He said it was coming up through some mulch, and suspects that had something to do with it. I might nose around some orchrds to see what I can find. I think this area is just sucky for morels in general (and many other kinds of delicious mushrooms).

      1. re: nsenada

        Last summer, with all the rain, I was finding LOTS of boletes, some oyster, chicken mushrooms, a few chanterelles. In fall, a few maitakes. I've never found a morel in MA, and I've been looking, but I hear people find them. I'm not telling my exact spots, of course, but look on lawns under big oak trees in July, you'd be surprised how common boletes can be. Just be careful, make sure they don't turn immediately blue when you cut them, and only eat a bite or two the first time- you can eat more the next day if you don't have any GI distress. You may want to avoid lawns that appear to be chemically maintained. Also- only test ones that you are sure DON"T have any lethal look-alikes (all of the above fall into that category). There is a lot of good info online-it may sound risky, but that's how I learned. It may be a little scary at first, but stick to the ones easy to ID and don't mess with anything dangerous. I know some people think all wild mushrooms are dangerous, but the ones above are pretty easy if you take reasonable caution, look at lots of pictures and do some reading.

        1. re: silver queen

          I'd also add black trumpets in - I've found them in late summer and the fall, in pine and oak forests. They are pretty distinctive, too. I think the advice above, "go with someone who has been doing it a while, and isn't dead" is really the best. Trade some awesome baked goods in exchange for tagging along.

          Incidentally, while I was typing this, my mycologically adventurous colleague showed me a picture his wife just took, and emailed him - a yellow morel growing in his backyard in Hamilton. He was pretty ecstatic.

    2. Mushroom hunters are, in this country and others, extremely secretive. No one's going to give up any information on this. Your best luck is to try and find someone who does it, befriend them, butter them up, and ask them to take you out and show you the ropes.

      1. If you walk in the woods around here looking for morels, look around or under dead elm trees. I found 4 good sized ones last weekend and noticed some small ones that could be ready for picking this weekend. I've been told ash trees are also a good spot to look for them also. Happy hunting.

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        1. re: Infomaniac

          this is what you want to look for where they are almost covered by new growth.

        2. My grandfather hunted morels until age 85 or so... plenty of them in MA, just have to know when & where to look. I remember seeing 2 or 3 gallon zip-lock bags filled w/ dried morels he found each year.

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          1. re: marlana80

            Any tips on where in MA (even generally?) Please please?