HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >

Morel season is starting!!

justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 06:14 AM

They're starting to pop up! Take a look in your back yards, particularly if you've got an old apple tree.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. t
    tdaaa RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 07:28 AM

    How can I recognize them and are there dangerous look alikes? I just last weekend saw three that I thought were morels but I don't have extensive (or even cursory) mushroom skills. I can forage for greens, berries and fruits with the best of them, but not mushrooms.

    9 Replies
    1. re: tdaaa
      justbeingpolite RE: tdaaa May 5, 2011 07:34 AM

      The morel is a very distinctive mushroom. Nothing else really looks like it. What you saw were probably morels. There's a thing called a "false Morel", but if you really look at it, it doesn't look like a morel.

      1. re: justbeingpolite
        justbeingpolite RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 08:03 AM

        And from the yard, this morning!

        1. re: justbeingpolite
          StriperGuy RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 08:08 AM


          1. re: justbeingpolite
            hckybg RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 09:05 AM

            I saw some at Mount Auburn Cemetery last weekend. I let them be but have no doubt they were legit in case anyone find themselves out that way. There are good guides online for new hunters. I am not an expert by any means but do agree that the false morels really don't look too much like the real thing, and apparently they look very different when you cut them open. Morels have a hollow center and stem.

            1. re: hckybg
              StriperGuy RE: hckybg May 5, 2011 09:31 AM

              I am so there after all this rain!

              1. re: hckybg
                nsenada RE: hckybg May 5, 2011 10:08 AM

                Does eating them count as cannibalism?

                1. re: nsenada
                  hckybg RE: nsenada May 5, 2011 10:20 AM

                  It's a good thought that occurred to me too. It definitely does count as cannibalism, but it is so worth it.

                2. re: hckybg
                  justbeingpolite RE: hckybg May 5, 2011 10:20 AM

                  False morels are said to be filled with material like cotton packing.

                  1. re: hckybg
                    StriperGuy RE: hckybg May 8, 2011 12:41 PM

                    Someone mustv'e beat me to it... Looked under every crab apple tree I could find. Did not see a single shroom of any sort...

            2. p
              Patsgal RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 08:20 AM

              Gallows has lovely fresh morels stuffed with goat cheese on their current snack menu. Delicious!

              1. Kiyah RE: justbeingpolite May 5, 2011 01:02 PM

                I had no idea there were Morels in our neck of the woods. Tells you what I know. And there's a stump of an old apple tree in my yard!

                1 Reply
                1. re: Kiyah
                  justbeingpolite RE: Kiyah May 6, 2011 10:30 AM

                  You can find them in old woods, often around mulch in your yard, and most productively around here, in old established orchards, around the bases of the trees. Season starts now, and goes to around the end of the blossoming of the apple trees.
                  That's it. Nothing else looks like them. It's kind of a fun Memorial Day Easter Egg Hunt.
                  Get going, have fun.

                  Post some pictures if you find them

                2. b
                  blacksheepfoto RE: justbeingpolite May 7, 2011 05:39 PM

                  Anyone have a good recommendations on where to venture out to? I live closer to the city and pretty new to the area.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: blacksheepfoto
                    hckybg RE: blacksheepfoto May 7, 2011 07:37 PM

                    As you may know, morel spots are notoriously guarded by their finders, but you could start at Mount Auburn Cemetery since I did see some there. I will say -- and anyone please correct me if I am wrong -- that you *can* find morels around here but this is not the prime part of the country to locate them. I have always known northern Michigan to be a major hot spot and the Great Lakes region in general. But you never know! This is a useful site for beginning: http://thegreatmorel.com/

                  2. nsenada RE: justbeingpolite May 8, 2011 06:54 PM

                    Walked around Larz Anderson with my eyes to the ground - found nothing. Was mowing my lawn, and found a beautiful one under a pine tree.

                    6 Replies
                    1. re: nsenada
                      StriperGuy RE: nsenada May 9, 2011 06:49 AM

                      Nice. I think I'm hitting the apple orchards this weekend ;-)

                      1. re: StriperGuy
                        justbeingpolite RE: StriperGuy May 16, 2011 10:25 AM

                        Any luck, SG?
                        I didn't make it to an actual orchard, but took a run around the back yards in a neighborhood that had once been an apple orchard and still sports some old trees.
                        Came up with these!

                        1. re: justbeingpolite
                          yumyum RE: justbeingpolite May 16, 2011 10:26 AM

                          Great haul! Jealous!

                          1. re: justbeingpolite
                            justbeingpolite RE: justbeingpolite May 16, 2011 10:30 AM

                            Sorry, wanted to repost the picture larger, to increase the jealousy!

                            1. re: justbeingpolite
                              justbeingpolite RE: justbeingpolite May 16, 2011 10:34 AM

                              Sorry, try this:
                              was it worth the wait?

                            2. re: justbeingpolite
                              StriperGuy RE: justbeingpolite May 16, 2011 10:48 AM

                              Wow, awesome! I did not get a chance after all this weekend.

                        2. MC Slim JB RE: justbeingpolite May 16, 2011 11:00 AM

                          Corn and morel chowder from the Staff Meal truck last week was very tasty.


                          Staff Meal
                          Mobile truck, no formal location, Boston, MA

                          1. Food4Thought RE: justbeingpolite May 6, 2012 08:34 AM

                            5/6/2012 Morels @ Russo's
                            $29.98 /lb. Plump, moist, large and beautiful. Perhaps the best specimens I've seen at Russo's in the past 3-4 seasons.

                            Show Hidden Posts