Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hunger Games

The word is out, they are here. Morel mushrooms have remained elusive this season. The first appearance is rather late but then everything seems to be out of whack with the weather.  Trying to find them is somewhat of a game. Those that know where they are, tend to be reluctant to divulge the location. Rightly so because they are so delicious. A mushroom hunters efforts are rewarding but also have risks. It may take hours of searching to find a spot getting up at the crack of dawn before everyone else. They may pick up a tick or two and be exposed to lymes disease. So when you ask someone where, don't be surprised if you don't get the answer you want.

Morel Mushroom

Here's a few clues to finding the morel mushroom.

Look for hunched over figures sporting camouflage colors. They are always taller then they appear.

They may be waving long sticks passing over the forest floor growth. Appearing to conjure them up.

Approach quietly, once they hear you they may freeze or appear smaller.

Listen for the rustling of plastic bags.

FYI If you find the hunter you may find the hunted.

Please remember you may only harvest mushrooms, berries and nuts at the park. Many plants are protected such as ginseng and may not be gathered. 

Morel Mushroom Meal
Morel mushrooms two different ways.
Dredged in flour and browned to a crisp in butter,
over a bed of spinach and soft boiled eggs.
Sauteed with onions and garlic in butter of course,
served on toasted baguettes.           

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