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Backyard Wild Morels

Wild morel mushrooms from the backyardBack in between our four thornless blackberry bushes and somewhere in the wood mulch, my daughter discovered some morel mushrooms growing. Because our yard has a bevy of random mushrooms growing here and there, I initially just figured she found something inedible.

A few years back, I found a large mushroom growing under the dogwood tree. I never did really figure out what it was, but I wasn’t going to take my chances.

This time, however, it was pretty clear what was growing. The mushrooms fit the classic description for morels and, when I cut them open, they were hollow inside. They couldn’t have been anything else but morels. The funny things is that I was actually planning on “planting” morel spawn this year to have our own patch, but I guess I don't need to now depending on how many more we get, of course. I left a few out there to hopefully propagate (or whatever that type of mushroom does).

In any case, so far we’ve had a few delicious meals from the morels and I have to admit that we are extremely lucky to have such a treasure trove of mushrooms growing effortlessly in our backyard.

Do you have edible mushroom growing in your yard (on purpose or otherwise)?

deanna duke
4/29/2011 6:42:29 PM

Moreen - You are correct. These were the first morels we pulled up before we knew what they were. Since then, we've been pinching them off at the soil line.


moreen morgan
4/29/2011 4:49:46 PM

She pulled those entire morels out of the ground instead of pinching them off! I understand that is a no no.