Morel FAQ

March 1, 2012

How should I harvest Fire morels?
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Many believe you should pinch the morel right at ground level. Of course one could use a knife or a chain saw depending on how big, but a simple pinch and twist will usually do. There are several reasons for this. One it helps keep dirt that is on the root from making a mess of the rest of the morels in your bag. The other reason which again is another theory, but it is believed that by leaving the root you are assuring that the patch will reproduce next season.

Can I find mushrooms at the same place next year?

Yes. If the conditions are favorable, the fungus living in the soil will create new fruits in the next autumn. Mycels (fungus networks) can live for a very long time and achieve enormous expansions, but only under ideal conditions they form their fruits. Therefore it can happen that you can’t find any mushroom in one year, but there can be lots of them a year later at the same place.

Where Can I find Morel Mushrooms?

Begin your journey in last years forest fire area. Look for the morel peeking up through leaves or other forest debris near the base of dead trees or near streams or rivers. Frequently, just the tip of the morel will be visible so careful searching is important.

How come I can’t find any Morel Mushrooms?

This is a tough question for any morel hunter to answer and who hasn’t or doesn’t ask this question? Yes, even the most experienced hunter wonders this at times. There are lots of variables; your region, your season, the weather, timing, and maybe the most mysterious is the spore that produces the morel.  Not every area you venture into will have that patch waiting for you so keep searching. Often times hunters will continually search an area that has produced in the past and for reasons sometimes unknown, they will come up empty. As stated before, this too is the mystery of the morel.

Pinterest how so?

February 27, 2012

I have been hearing alot about Pinterest lately and decided to find out what it was all about.

Pinterest is a “social site”, it binds users together through photos.

There is a board just for Morel Mushrooms

Pinterest offers a unique opportunity to get your message out there through the use of images.

You can:

  • “pin” up things o n a visual cork board
  • pin both images and videos
  • add a link to an image that either opens up to the image or that links to any site you’d like

Pinterest is a very open website and people are always searching for images and topics of interest,
On Tuesday February 28,2012 Andrea Kalli, of Virtual Assist will be here to give a guest blog on how to use Pinterest. Make sure you mark your calendar and turn up for this informative Pinterest blog post




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Fire Morels

February 25, 2012

fruiting morelsMorels can be found in a wide range of different habitats including coniferous and mixed woods. Morels also prefer areas in hollows or around tree stumps where the soil is moist.

They grow abundantly in the first year after a forest fire if conditions are suitable. The time of year of the burn and the amount of rainfall after a fire are critical factors in determining morel production in these areas.

How to get to Morel country

February 16, 2012

Typical area where fire morels are found. Rocky Mountains, BC, Canada
Once you’ve found some prospective old burns, the next problem is when to start looking for the morels. Fire morels will start fruiting the spring/summer seasons, but timing is heavily dependent on climate, weather and elevation. As a general rule, fire morels will fruit from March to May in the warmers area of the USA, while the northern areas of the USA and most of Canada will start fruiting from late April to July. Elevation has to be taken into account, since many forest fires happen high in the mountains where winter is slow to leave.

Once spring has hit an area, morel pickers will usually check their choice locations weekly, looking for signs of morels. It’s good to select a few different burns to search if possible, as not all forest fire locations produce morels. When an area starts producing morels, the mushrooms are usually easy to find as they are fairly obvious against the backdrop of barren burnt forest floor. Make sure to spot check multiple areas in a burn, as not all areas of burn will produce morels.

You can of course save yourself the time and effort of finding burn morel picking locations yourself and simply keep an eye on the mushroom message boards, as heavy producing morel area aren’t kept secret for long. Although the first pickers in an area get the early bird advantage of all the choice picking and usually make the most money. You can also try calling local mushroom buyers to see if they have had any morels sold to them yet. This will at least tell you if the season has started and you may even get info on where the morels are being picked.

Remember that you may end up driving on harsh forestry roads to access morel picking locations, so make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip with emergency items like a spare tire or two. It’s preferable to use a vehicle with high clearance and 4 wheel drive, when driving to remote locations.

Selling your Fire Morel Mushrooms

February 16, 2012

If you’re lucky, you’ll be picking in an area that’s productive enough for buyers to come set-up road site selling stations in your location. If there aren’t any buyers in the area, you should make sure to contact possible buyers before you head out to see how many mushrooms they’ll take and what price they’ll pay. Alternatively, you can also contact local restaurants and markets to see if you can directly sell your mushroom to them.

When selling to buying stations, remember that prices can differ day to day as morels are very much a supply and demand business. Prices are usually the best at the beginning of the season and gradually fall as the picking season continues.

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