For the last 59 years, a National Morel Mushroom festival has been held in Downtown Boyne City in Michigan …mushroom lovers from around the country come to seek that elusive delicacy known as the Morel Mushroom.
This year there will be no restaurants preparing exotic morel laden entrees, no local singers singing of the secret habits(maybe) of the elusive morel…no mushroom hunts, no sharing of recipes…
Where are Morels found?… maybe in or on the edge of forests, often found growing around dead trees or old apple orchards they favour rich soil which is why they are packed with vitamins and minerals.
They have a distinct pitted cap which is conical and attaches near the bottom of the stem in early spring they are generally quite small however as the season which is early spring through to May progress larger ones can be found.
Because they are difficult to find and exotic looking they are expensive and mainly found in expensive restaurants.
Delicious and nutritious they are one of the most desired wild mushrooms in the world…
The complex, symbiotic relationship that the morel mycelium has with trees is difficult to replicate in an artificial environment. It is frequently attempted, even at the commercial level, but if there were a truly reliable method to cultivate morels, global supply would have increased, demand would drop, and the wild morel industry would fall apart.
This means that every morel that you eat has been picked by hand in its natural environment. And most likely that someone has travelled a great distance, hiked a great deal, perhaps camped remotely for weeks, battled the elements (mosquitoes, horseflies, rain, drought, etc.) and somehow managed to get that delicate specimen back to the city in decent condition for you to be able to purchase.
That my friends makes it even more special…Personally, I have not eaten one…Have you?
Like many fruits and vegetables, they are called by other names locally the Morel is no different and is also called Molly Moocher, Miracle, Dryland Fish and I like this one Hickory Chickens…
Morels have a meaty texture with a nutty, earthy taste and it is said that many who don’t like the mushroom enjoy a Morel…
If you are lucky enough to come across some morels while out walking then check them thoroughly for critters when you get home as wild foods are apt to be home to some…wash and cut in half …brown them gently and then add some butter cook a little more add some finely chopped garlic and parsley and enjoy!
About Carol Taylor: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx