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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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”

Foraging in Minnesota: Maitake

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Whether you call it Maitake, Hen of the Woods, Sheepshead, or Bill, Grifola frondosa is a sought-after mushroom with many names. It doesn’t seem to get the hype that morels and others do, but it is, in my opinion, one of the best tasting, most versatile, all-around great mushrooms. I get downright giddy when the summer is coming to a close and I can start checking my favorite spots. Continue reading “Foraging in Minnesota: Maitake”

Foraging in Minnesota: Chanterelle Mushrooms

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The light was dim under the jack pines where my dog and I searched for the elusive spruce grouse. Lush moss covered the ground and made for easy walking. All at once, my eyes zeroed in on a handful of bright yellow spots off to my left. They glowed, almost as if lit from within. I knew instantly they might very well be the other prize I was looking for: chanterelle mushrooms. Continue reading “Foraging in Minnesota: Chanterelle Mushrooms”

Morel Forecasting Tools

Black morel mushrooms, Minnesota, morel forecastingThat time of year has come: the morel season is approaching. Social media is all abuzz. Rumors of a “morel map” are flying and folks are going on about soil temperatures. It seems like mysterious, closely-guarded chaos.

There are always some overeager individuals looking for any little sign that the mushrooms are about to pop, but are, in reality, weeks ahead of themselves. I have been that guy in past years. Continue reading “Morel Forecasting Tools”