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May 5, 2011 06:14 AM

Morel season is starting!!

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

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: tdaaa

      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

            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

              I am so there after all this rain!

              1. re: hckybg

                Does eating them count as cannibalism?

                1. re: nsenada

                  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

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

                  1. re: hckybg

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

              1. 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!

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                1. re: Kiyah

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

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                  1. re: blacksheepfoto

                    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:

                  2. 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.

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                    1. re: nsenada

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

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        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

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

                            1. re: justbeingpolite

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