Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hunting for Morel Mushrooms in Michigan

















It is that time of year to go hunting for Morel Mushrooms in Northern Michigan! My friend E.B. who is located near the Thompsonville vicinity - found about 2 lbs worth this past week. (I am not allowed to reveal the secret location - per E.B. there are a lot of mushroom poachers.) Look how beautiful his Morels look in the photos above. Typically between the months of March and April is when the northern Michigan Morel season begins and May is when it peaks. E.B. found most of his mushrooms near the Ash and Cherry trees. His advice "best to walk slow and look all around you. If you find one, stay in that location and look good, usually more. The dark ones come out first and in a couple of weeks the white ones pop out!!" E.B. likes to bread and fry his in butter.
If you've never hunted for Morel Mushrooms before, it is extremely wise to go with someone who's a seasoned hunter. You do not want to get mushroom poisoning as it can be life threatening! Two great web sites I found with loads of information on Michigan's Morel Mushrooms are http://www.northerncountrymorels.com/ and http://www.michiganmorels.com/ . Happy Hunting!

10 comments:

Barry said...

Love your blog and your many photos of Michigan.

I certainly agree that the inexperienced mushroom hunter should go with an experienced guide!

Shellmo said...

Barry - thank you - I appreciate you stopping by!!

ilex said...

OOOooooh! It's that time again! Every year I say I will go ahuntin' and I never do- I just end up buying some from our farmer's market and proceed to eat them 'til I hate them- which conveniently coincides with the end of morel season. I didn't know about the Michigan Morel site- I will certainly check it out!

Shellmo said...

Ilex - thank you for stopping by! I also buy the mushrooms from the farmer's market! :-)

Jessica said...

Our whole family loves Morels!! We always find a few in the woods behind our house but never enough. This year we found about 20.

SNiedzwiecki said...

Hi there again! You've been stopping by my blog regularly and leaving nice comments! I'd love to be able to put a name to your screen name! Shoot me an email sometime as I don't see a means to send one to you from your blogs.

Kind regards and thanks!
Stacy

Shellmo said...

Hi Stacy,
Your blog is great! My email is shelleyupnorth@gmail.com . (Right now I just have it listed on my log cabin blog.)

Jennifer Robin said...

It's morel time here too, we can find them by the bagful. We don't care for them, so we give them to friends who think we are saints for sharing!

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

I work with a guy who loves to hunt for morels in MI. Last year he shared some of them with me and they were delicious! He didn't fare so well this spring.

Up North Chic said...

I live in eastern northern Michigan and just by accident I found about 80 nice size white morels this spring. Sure was a very nice surprise.