Morel mushroom season in full swing | Home & Garden
Weather conditions appear to have been ideal this spring for the crop of wild morel mushrooms in several tri-state communities.
The picture above is one of many that have been sent it by 14 News viewers. This uniquely colored shroom was posted by Adam Davis of Ohio County.
The edible morel have a distinctive honeycomb type of appearance and are considered a mushroom delicacy.
Be careful when looking for morels as some can be poisonous and are called "false morels". Here are some tips from Wikipedia on how to spot the imposters:
The key differentiating features of false morels in comparison to morels include:
- The false morels can be told apart from the true morels by careful study of the cap, which is often "wrinkled" or "brainy", rather than honeycomb or net-like. Gyromitra esculenta has a cap that is generally darker and larger than the true morels
- The caps of early morels (Verpa sp.) are attached only at the apex (top) of the cap, unlike true morels which have caps that are attached at or near the bottom. The easiest way to tell the false from the true variety, is to simply look inside the stem.
- False morels contain a cotton-ball looking substance inside their stem while true morels are hollow inside.
- The caps of the false morel can be easily twisted in comparison to the normal morel.
- False morels are often a brown, reddish color.
There's no way to tell how long the mushroom season will last, so now is the time to go mushroom hunting.