Is the New Morel Boom Upon Us?

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It all started with a Facebook post. 

Another user shared a photo of a single mushroom found where an ash tree had been cut down, asking for assurance that it was a morel. It was. That was probably case closed for most.

Not for me. My mind instantly went into overdrive. In a flash, it connected several dots and provided a most compelling hypothesis. I knew trying to ignore it would be torture, whereas following my instincts could bring generous rewards. 

There really was no choice. 

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Making the most of the foraging harvest

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Well, the foraging season is behind us now and it’s safe to say this one was far from overwhelming. Each is different, of course, and not every fruit, nut, or fungus is going to give generous harvests in any one year, but this one seemed more universally disappointing. Most folks would be quick to blame the drought that defined the summer, myself included. 

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Foraging in Minnesota: Hedgehog Mushrooms

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Yesterday I found my first hedgehog mushrooms of the season. It was on a short outing with my daughter; she was after raspberries and I wanted to follow up on the sudden burst of mushroom activity in the yard. I suspected some edible mushrooms would be available, mostly chanterelles and lobsters. Those were good finds, but I hollered out loud when the first few hedgehogs appeared on the forest floor- they are among my most favorite mushrooms to eat. Continue reading “Foraging in Minnesota: Hedgehog Mushrooms”