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Morel Mushrooms

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Morel mushrooms are elusive, blending in to the leaves and brush on the ground. To the experienced morel hunter, a day spent tromping through the woods can produce quite a haul. Despite much of the lore surrounding morels, it's less an exact science and more learning where to look. If you're interested in looking for morels, but don't know where to start, here are a few tips to seeking out the tasty fungi.

  • Warm, moist weather promts the growth of morels.
  • Morels are typically found under hardwoods and in wetter areas (like along rivers).
  • Edges of shaded areas that get warm sunlight are good spots to search in early spring.
  • Areas disturbed by flood or fire are also good places to start searching.

Additional Tips

  • Be aware of look-alike mushrooms that are not edible (like the false morel). When in doubt, consult someone experienced in mushrooms.
  • Take a mesh or paper bag to put your mushrooms in so they don't get crushed or spoil in a plastic container.
  • Do not trespass. You can forage for mushrooms at State parks and wildlife areas, but be aware there may be hunters in the area also.
  • Always clean and cook wild mushrooms prior to consuming them.

morel mushrooms

The Kansas Department of Agriculture periodically offers an identification and certification class so people can sell wild morels. Look up state laws about where you can harvest morels to sell for profit and check with your extension or KDA office to see if there's a class near you.