This spring, mouth-watering morel mushrooms start popping up on forest floors throughout Missouri. Time to lace up your boots, grab a basket, and head to the woods for some fungi fun!
Wandering the woods on a quest for morels is like nature’s version of an Easter egg hunt. Be ready to scout the forest floor with your eagle eyes because morels are only 3 to 4 inches tall (the length of your finger). When you find one, hoot and holler then stop and drop! More morels are probably hidden nearby.
Morels are easy to identify and delicious to eat. Increase your chances for success by tagging along with an experienced mushroom hunter.
What’s the only thing better than finding morels? Eating morels! With an adult’s help, morels are easy to prepare. Some of the most popular recipes are also the easiest, using nothing more than breading, a hot skillet, and butter. Just remember, before eating your morels, clean them, slice them in half, and soak them in salt water.
A word of warning: Make sure you can identify morels before eating them. If you eat the wrong type of mushroom, you can get sick.
Nichole LeClair Terrill