April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring the peak time for “mushroom hunting.” Morel mushrooms are one of the more popular varieties and draw many people out to hunt for them in early spring. Morels typically pop up when the temperature steadily holds around 60 degrees, bringing the ground temperature to around 50 degrees. They are also a source for some extra cash. In many areas, they go for $20 or more per pound.
If you want to find the most mushrooms this season, here are some tips to help you succeed:
Look for dead trees. Morels like to hide around dead or dying trees, particularly, elm, ash and poplar trees.
Pick the right Morel. A good quality and safe Morel Mushroom has pits in the top of its cap, a conical shape and the bottom of the pits go all the way down to the bottom of the stem. Other wild Morels have a longer stem and almost look like an umbrella at the top. These can give you some stomach problems if you eat them.
Find the slope. A slope that faces the sun will have more Morels popping up since that side will have warmer ground. They will really start popping up when the sun comes out after a rainy day.
The more disturbed, the better. Areas that have flooded, been hit with wildfires, dug up from equipment or ravaged by loggers are prime locations for Morels to grow. You can check conservation websites or speak with officials who can give you the scoop on areas that have been disturbed.
Dress appropriately and bring proper resources. You might cover a lot of ground before finding the Morels you want, and the ground you will cover may not be ideal. There could be wild animals or even ticks. Bring tick repellent, wear proper clothing and bring a few snacks and extra water just in case.
Once you’ve found some Morels and brought them home, make sure you soak them in water for a few hours to get rid of any bugs hiding in the mushroom. After that, fry them, grill them or sauté them in butter and enjoy!
If you’re looking to purchase recreational property or vacant land that you can mushroom hunt on, call one of our experts at United Country Real Estate today!