morels are one of the most desired wild mushrooms in the world. They are not farmed like most grocery store mushrooms, Cremini, Portobello, Oyster, etc. but gathered in the wild. The part that we eat is the fruiting body of the underground organism called mycelium that has a complex symbiotic relationship with trees. Furthermore, every spring mushroom enthusiasts, foraging chefs, and an ever-growing group of commercial harvesters hunt the little forest treasures.
The Morchella genus has been the subject of fascination and debate for centuries. Mycologists (mushroom scientists) cannot agree on how many subspecies of Morchella there are and the nomenclature is constantly under revision but hey… ‘a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” Everyone can agree that morels are delicious and nutritious. buy-morels-online
morels vary tremendously in appearance. Furthermore, their shape can be oblong to bulbous, their color can be blonde to grey, their size can be smaller than your fingertip to larger than your hand. Bees are more methodical than mycelium though so the ‘combs’ or pits on the outside of morels that can be tight or loose and form an imperfect pattern. The inside of morels are hollow and whitish and up close you can detect a goosebump-like texture. The base of the cap joins to a whitish stem that can be short or tall and the hollow of the cap runs continuously into the stem. buy-morels-online
They are high in protein and fiber. Furthermore, it may not look pretty, but this mushroom is super savory and delicious. While it may look like a dead honeycomb, it’s alive with flavor and worth getting over your fear of the ugly for. The pop up in the spring in and on the edges of forests. They a little chewy and taste great sautéed with butter. buy-morels-online
morels are highly perishable and must be handled with care. However, you need never lose a single, precious fresh morel to spoilage. Furthermore, the key is to keep them cool and dry, with a little ventilation. One tried & true method is to store your morels in the refrigerator in a loosely closed paper bag. buy-morels-online