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Mushrooms, Morel and Shaggy Mane

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Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Coprinus comatus)

These are very common mushrooms in the Midwest during the spring and fall. They are mostly found in the fall. The stalks may be up to 6 inches tall before they start to expand. When they begin to grow they appear as the mushroom to the left, and at this stage they are the most tender and most edible. They are very good sauteed in butter and garlic and are one of the top two mushrooms in terms of taste.

This is the same mushroom as above although much older. As they age they begin to blossom out. Although they are not poisonous when they are older, they are mostly water when cooked. Their good taste deminishes greatly.

Morel Mushrooms

The white morel is very similar to the black morel only lighter in color. Commonly found through out the midwest in early spring. It is a highly sought after food source by many. In Southern Illinois, Northern Kentucky, Southern Missouri, and Southern Indiana it is usually found in the first two weeks of spring. In the northern areas of Illinois, Southern Wisconsin it can be found in late April and early May.

To know when the morel mushrooms may be up, you need to look for the dogwood tree in full bloom, the Mayapple plant to be about 6" high and look around dying Elm trees as well as live Cherry trees.

The cleaning process is simple.
Slice in half and rinse thoroughly. The hollow center frequently harbors numerous insects. This mushrooms should be soaked in cold water overnight before cooking.

A good day's find in April, 1999. Morel Mushrooms.




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