Morel Mushroom Hunting in Northern Wisconsin

Save

Morels are distinctive mushrooms found throughout the United States during the spring and early summer. Experienced and amateur mushroom hunters desire morels in part because of their unique appearance and flavor. Morels are plentiful in northern Wisconsin during early spring when mild and wet weather creates ideal growing conditions for the fungi.

Mushroom Hunting

  • Mushroom hunting, mushrooming, mushroom picking or mushroom collecting involves gathering wild mushrooms for cooking or storage. This is a popular activity in countries like Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States. Hunters must be able to distinguish between wild mushrooms that are safe for human consumption and those that are poisonous.

Morel Mushrooms

  • Donald M. Huffman and Lois H. Tiffany, authors of "Mushrooms In Your Pocket", describe morels as having dark or yellow sponge or honeycomb-like caps and hollow white stems, an appearance that makes these mushrooms easy to recognize. Morels are desirable for their earthy and nutty flavor and grow to between two and 12 inches tall. Morels are found in wet woodland areas throughout the United States but according to "The Great Morel" website, the fungi are particularly plentiful in the Great Lakes region.

Harvesting Morels

  • Morels are found in spring through early summer on the ground in wooded areas. Michael Kuo, author of "100 Edible Mushrooms With Tested Recipies", notes that black morels are most often found under dead or dying ash trees and in conifer burn sites while yellow morels are found under ash, tulip trees, old apple trees, dead elms and under cottonwoods in river bottoms. Use a knife to slice the morel off above ground, trim dirt and debris with a soft-bristle brush and place in a large, open basket or paper bag. Morels can be consumed fresh or frozen or dried and stored.

Morel Hunting in Northern Wisconsin

  • Morels appear by mid-May throughout northern Wisconsin's Northwoods region and are hunted through the early summer. Residents and visitors hunt mushrooms in the area's public and private forests and parks or along hiking trails like Fern Ridge. Hunters often forage for morels in groups with an experienced mushroom guide. Hunters also join clubs like the Northstate Mycological Club, based in St. Germain, Wisconsin, or the Wisconsin Mycological Society of New Berlin and participate in spring and fall group forays and learn about fungi from experienced mycologists.

Eating and Storing Morels

  • Slice morels lengthwise to clean any slugs or larvae hiding in the hollow stems. Rinse under running water and drain thoroughly on paper towels or in a colander. Morels can be dried in a food dehydrator, strung in a warm room or in a warm oven with the door ajar. Morels can also be sauteed in butter or olive oil for a few minutes before being placed in freezer bags and frozen. Fresh morels can be stuffed, baked, creamed, stewed and breaded and fried. Morels can also be sauteed in butter or olive oil for five minutes per side.

References

  • "Mushrooms In Your Pocket"; Donald M. Huffman and Lois H. Tiffany; 2004
  • "100 Edible Mushrooms With Tested Recipies"; Michael Kuo; 2007
  • The Great Morel: FAQ
  • Photo Credit The mushroom morel image by Ludmila Galchenkova from Fotolia.com
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • Mushroom Hunting In Wisconsin

    Foraging for wild food--in particular, mushrooms--is coming back into fashion as people look to reconnect with nature and their past. Bands of...

  • Morel Mushroom Hunting in Georgia

    Morel mushrooms are a delicacy that appears for only a few weeks of the year in Georgia. They are a requirement for...

  • Mushroom Hunting in Minnesota

    Mushrooms spring up all over the state of Minnesota, dotting logs and trees stumps and poking up out of the ground. The...

  • How to Find Morel Mushrooms

    Morels win the popularity contest in North America. Join the mushroom hunters in springtime searching field and forest for this delicious, meaty...

  • How to Hunt Morel Mushrooms in Indiana

    Morel mushrooms are a heavily sought after mushroom located in several Midwestern states. In Indiana there are three common variety: Yellow, Black...

  • How to Hunt for Morel Mushrooms After a Rain

    In Appalachia, the elusive morel mushroom often receives the nickname “dry-land fish” due to both its fishy taste and appearance during the...

  • How to Pick Wild Mushrooms in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin is a great place for wild-mushroom gathering. With many forests and state parks and a climate friendly to mushrooms, the state...

  • How to Grow Morel Mushrooms for Sale

    Growing morel mushrooms is an art form few commercial growers have been able to accomplish. Using the same basic methods of growing...

  • Mushrooms of Wisconsin

    The state of Wisconsin is home to many species of mushrooms -- far too many, in fact, to be able to identify....

  • Mushrooms Found in Northern Michigan

    Northern Michigan's natural habitat and weather conditions provide an ideal location for mushrooms to not only grow, but thrive. From early spring...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Build and Grow a Salad Garden On Your Balcony

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!