I've made no secrets about the fact that I don't like mushrooms. But even for the pickiest eater, there is just something about morels. The hidden fungi that sell for astronomical amounts are a delicacy enjoyed by many here in the Midwest. But the warming weather means that this year's morel season could be ending soon.

Experts say that the best time to look for morels is when the soil temperature reaches 50 degrees. But the wide range in temperatures we've had this spring has made things tough on morel hunters. While knowing when to go out and look is key, where to look is the biggest question of all. While no morel hunter worth their salt will give up the location of their secret spot, there are some tips to remember when searching them out. Experts say to look here.

  • near Birch trees
  • Elm trees, mainly dead ones
  • Trees with bark falling off the top, but not the bottom
  • Other mushroom growth in the area
  • Spots that get a lot of sun
  • underneath Mayflowers

Time might not be on your side either. When the weather starts to warm up, morels tend to dry up fast. So grab some friends and give the forest one last look this weekend. It might just pay off in morels!


[via KCRG]

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