Springtime Morel Mushroom Hunting
Springtime means patterning shotguns for turkey season and scouting for the most expensive produce sold in this area - morel mushrooms. Here in Indiana, people will spend up to $40 a pound for these highly sought after mushrooms! But make sure you know exactly how these mushrooms look. The true morels will have a cone shape, a pitted cap, and that cap will attach near the bottom of the stem. Do your research before you eat any!
Beginning at the end of March and lasting through May, we are strictly focused on mushrooms, with a small break for calling in a big tom. Once the daytime highs reach 60, and the nighttime lows don’t creep below 40, the hunt is on!
The best places to look for morels is in damp areas, but make sure the area is well-drained. Get to know your trees! Be on the lookout for ash, aspen, elm, and oak, especially the dead or dying ones. When the bark is starting to fall off an elm tree, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s a treasure trove of morels nearby. Keep in mind that where there’s one, there’s usually more. Once you spot a mushroom, thoroughly comb that area in a fan-like pattern to search or it’s buddies.
When you’ve had a successful day gathering morels, let them soak in water for a couple hours to get rid of all the bugs and dirt hiding in them. The best way to prepare these treats is plain old battering and frying them, then serving them alongside your freshly harvested, grilled turkey breast. However you prepare these, you’re sure to enjoy them!
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