Morel mushrooms are a prized part of French cuisine. They can be cultivated in a garden or, more often, collected from the wild in woodland areas throughout North America and Europe. Many people hunt morels for commercial sale; they may be sold fresh or dried, and to vegetable markets, restaurants or individual buyers. Here are tips to start selling morels you collect or grow.
Things You'll Need
- Morel mushrooms
- Working knowledge of mushroom identification
Preparing to Sell Morels
Locate buyers. Various sources exist for finding buyer for your mushrooms. Websites such as forfarmers.com offer postings for both buyers and sellers. If you plan to sell fresh morels, it may be wise to post prospective availability ahead of time; with dried morels, you may have more flexibility (since you won't be as pressed for time to move the product) and accuracy (you'll know approximately how many mushrooms you have to offer for sale).
Some farmers markets and grocers offer buying stations for morels and other mushrooms. Some areas may have specialty mushroom retailers which routinely purchase morels. Check local availability for guidelines and further information.
Another option is selling directly to a restaurant or chef, or another private buyer. To do so, search online for businesses or individuals who want to purchase morels, or advertise your own supply for sale.
Sell fresh morels. To ensure top quality, sell fresh morels as soon as possible after they're picked. If you cannot sell the mushrooms on the same day they're picked, refrigerate them; do not wash them after they're picked. Keep the mushrooms out of direct sunlight and don't store them in plastic bags; morels have very active enzymes which will generate heat. Instead, collect them in paper bags or cardboard boxes.
Morels collected on windy days may have sand blown into them and cannot be sold; be attentive to weather conditions on picking day.
Sell dried morels. Dried morels, which can be cooked and reconstituted later, are especially popular when fresh mushrooms are out of season. Morels can be dried in a dehydrator on its lowest setting. Selling dried morels is much the same process as selling fresh mushrooms, only the rush to get them to market is much diminished. Dried morels can last for months (if not years) with proper storage; sales take place through the same outlets as for fresh morels.
Tips & Warnings
- If you hunt wild morels, use extreme caution. So-called "false morels" can be disagreeable and even toxic to humans, especially if consumed in large quantities. False morels have wrinkled caps and, when sliced open, are not hollow. If there is any doubt about the morels you collect, do an online search for false morels or consult a grocer or other expert for positive identification.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
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 Fast Do Morel Mushrooms Grow?
The edible morel mushroom grows throughout the U.S. Rumors and old wives' tales suggest that the morel mushroom pops up overnight, due...
Where Do Morel Mushrooms Grow in Washington?
The mountainous state of Washington is a morel hunter's paradise offering thousands of acres of mushroom habitat in forests surrounding the 3,010...
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 Make Money Growing Mushrooms
- How do I Sell Wild Mushrooms?
How to Plant Morel Mushroom Seeds
Morel mushrooms are fairly common in the spring and early summer in the United States. Morels are often found near dead trees,...
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...
How to Find Morel Mushrooms in Idaho
Morels, which are fungi with a sweet, succulent taste, are sneaky about where they grow, so hunting them is almost as much...
How to Replant Morel Mushrooms
Picky morel mushrooms require exact soil, temperature and moisture levels in order to produce the edible fruiting bodies that mushroom hunters consider...
Varieties of Edible Mushrooms in Washington
Washington State offers a great climate for the growing of fungi including mushrooms. The heavily wooded and damp areas provide the right...