The morel hunting in this family has gotten dork-ily hardcore in the past few years.
But dork-ish-ness rules, morels are delicious and the hunt is a thrill every time.
Last year, in posts A Family of Mycophiles? and Morel Madness, I told you about this budding, contagious obsession.
Truth be told, when my fella first got into this hobby, it annoyed me to no end.
Seriously, you're going hunting again?
In the rain?
On a Tuesday after dinner?
But I love hiking with my crew, so I found myself tagging along on hunts in no time.
As soon as I found my first morel...hooked.
There are times when I can see why morel hunting seems bonkers—
trucking through tick terrain, dodging bramble, scanning the ground determinedly.
If you've never hunted, I can promise you this...
once you spot that first morel, you'll understand everything.
Wanna find 'em?
Here are 5 tips to get you hot on the trail.
1. First, do your homework. Start by reading this.
2. Look near tulip poplars, elm, ash and apple trees. Older/dying/dead trees are ideal hunting spots.
3. If you find one, STOP and look around that area. You're likely to find more right where you're standing.
4. Don't pull your morel up out of the ground. Instead, cut it at the base. It'll come back next year!
5. Remember your spots and keep them secret. You'd be surprised to know how many people are out there hunting the same goodies you seek.
Now go get 'em!
If you have any other tips for morel hunting, please feel free to share.
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours
***NEVER eat ANY raw mushroom in the wild and make absolutely sure you have positively identified any mushroom you intend to consume.
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