Foraging Morel Mushrooms

Only growing wild in the spring, morels have honeycomb-like ridges, are easy to harvest sustainably, and taste best in simple recipes.

| October 2016

Morel mushrooms

Look for these mushrooms in fruit orchards, or along the ground at the site of recent fires.

Photo by Jeremy Umansky

Inexpensive, fun, and yielding delicious results, foraging for local, natural plants is gaining popularity across the nation. Experienced foraging guide Leda Meredith has written The Forager’s Feast (The Countryman Press, 2016) to break down everything you might need to know about the sensation. Learn to identify edible plants in the wild, how to harvest them without harming the growing plant, and try some original recipes while you’re at it!

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Forager’s Feast.

Morel Mushroom

Morchella species


Morels are a spring mushroom, and that’s part of their ID: Tell me you found a morel in late fall and I’m going to wonder what you really found. Look for them on the ground in fruit tree orchards and at the site of a recent fire.


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