No turkeys gobbling in the woods this weekend so we hunted mushrooms instead. We had a nice haul of morels and pheasantback mushrooms which made a great dinner Sunday evening. If you are going hiking and spending time outdoors this time of year, I may be able to help you find some delicious spring delicacies…
- They are found next to fruit trees and (dead) elm trees.
- Elm trees have shaggy and craggy bark.
- Elm trees are commonly afflicted with Dutch elm disease. As its name implies, the disease only affects elm trees, and if you find one you are likely going to find morels.
- Bring a knife and cut the mushroom just below the cap.
- This allows the mycelium (the roots) of the morels to stay in place and provide more mushrooms for years to come.
- Morels are hollow inside.
- Double check they are hollow before eating.
Pheasant’s Back (Dryad’s Saddle) Mushroom
- These grow on various very dead hardwoods (especially elm).
- A tree lying on the ground is your best bet.
- Wet areas seem to produce more.
- Most importantly your knife needs to be able to pass through it very easily. Whatever the knife cuts easily is likely to be good. Sometimes just the outer edges are usable but nice