Xplor More: Find the Fungi

By MDC | March 1, 2024
From Xplor: March/April 2024

Morel mushrooms are like nature’s Easter eggs. They’re small, sort of egg-shaped, and hidden among leaves on the forest floor. Searching for them is tons of fun and worth the effort because they taste yummy.

Morels pop up in mid-April after warm rains have dampened the soil and when temperatures stay above 50 degrees for a few days. Look for them in river bottoms and on south-facing slopes, near May apples, dead elms, and ash trees, and in old orchards and recently logged areas.


Never eat raw morels. And if you’re not absolutely, positively sure it’s a morel, DON’T EAT IT AT ALL! Some mushrooms are deadly.

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