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Morel mushroom

Anyone know about these? Specifically why my local whole foods has then for $27.99/ounce! That's more than some illegal drugs ha. What makes them so special and is it worth the cost?
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  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    I know they are out of my price range, supposed to be really good though
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  • Every spring we get our own here in Michigan...all over in the woods. Excellent cooked in butter and CI on the stove and drizzled over steaks
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,134
    My parents used to pick them in the back yard when I was a little kid.  Watch out if you ever plan to pick them....there are some poisonous "false morels" out dere.
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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 745
    you don't need much to flavor an omelet. If you decide to splurge, be sure to soak them to get the dirt out of the crannies. 
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  • EggucatorEggucator Posts: 179
    I have "hunted" them since I was a kid.  We called them "snakehead morels"  There is nothing like a yellow morel.  Soak them in salt water for while to clean them up a bit, throw in egg and flour and butter fry them.  SO GOOD... There is no real concern with the "false morel if you are "hunting."  If you cut a morel long ways, it is hollow throughout the whole mushroom.  

    As for price, they can't be farmed and they are not easy to spot. I usually see them for around $50/lb(fresh) around here(IN).  If you do go hunting(season just started) look for a downed elm tree that is decomposing and in wet soil. 
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    Zionsville, IN
  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,490
    Eggucator said:
     If you do go hunting(season just started) look for a downed elm tree that is decomposing and in wet soil. 
    A recently-burned area is also very good.   ;)
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,381
    I get them every year here in eastern Nebraska/western Iowa.  All they cost me is a little time to walk them down.  Some years are better than others, but I'm lucky enough to have a friend with an air boat that allows us to hit the islands on the Platte river.  They are amazing pan fried in butter!

    Mike

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    Omaha, NE
  • FockerFocker Posts: 1,474
    edited March 2013
    My parents used to pick them in the back yard when I was a little kid.  Watch out if you ever plan to pick them....there are some poisonous "false morels" out dere.


    Had two deaths last year in our ED due to false morels....too young to die from eating the wrong mushroom.  If you plan to hunt them, respect it and do your research.

    Last few years have been horrible when it comes to mushroom hunting here in IA/IL midwest.  Hoping all this rainfall with a nice warmup will make for a good one.  Good times getting out and taking a walk with my dad and brother on my grandpa's old stomping grounds(farmland).

    Brandon
    Quad Cities
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