Recipe For Morel Mushroom

Thunderstorms in North Carolina

Morel mushrooms appear suddenly after wet rainy spring weather. People go out and hunt for this delicacy. For the first time in my life one of these mushrooms simply showed itself along the garden path. The unusual and distinctive shape, texture and coloring differentiated itself from the surrounding pink carpet of cherry blossom petals.

The entire plant pulled easily away from the earth. You can see the dark moist soil and the root system. This fungus must have simply blossomed overnight. A sudden storm, actually 150 or more tornadoes tore through the surrounding region. Fortunately, our neighborhood was not effected from this natural disaster.

Originally, we were going to dry it, but after a bit of investigation, we ate the fresh mushroom as a side dish for dinner. I searched the internet for a recipe and ended up whipping up something simple and easy.

The Find

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Preparing The Dish: Onion, Garlic, Ginger
Preparing The Dish: Onion, Garlic, Ginger
Enoki Mushrooms
Enoki Mushrooms

The Recipe

After watching the great chefs whip up a couple of rich and fancy morel sauces with cream and chicken stock, I decided to try my hand at a simple and tasty recipe. Using the most reliable flavors everyone needs to keep on hand: onion, garlic and ginger, the dish was ready in a few minutes.

Take a quarter of an onion chopped, a few cloves garlic pressed, a bit of ginger grated and put into a pan with a generous tablespoon of oil.

Don't forget to cut up the cleaned, dry morel mushroom. I removed the bottom with the roots and put that back into the soil, not knowing whether it would propagate more mushrooms. Cut open the morel and check for any insects. I used a basting brush to softly clean the outside of the mushroom.

Since there was just one mushroom, I happened to have a small bunch of enoki in the fridge and added them to the pan. A few minutes on medium heat, stirring to keep everything from sticking to the pan and the dish was ready.

Shown below with boiled broccoli, this went well with baked potatoes.

  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Olive oil to saut√©
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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Growing Your Own Morel Mushrooms

Research First Before Eating

Take great care in making sure your mushroom is eatable and not poisonous. I knew this morel was okay because the cap was attached to the stem and not separated out. 

Morel Truths: The Mini-Series_What Are Morel Mushrooms?

Poisonous white angel mushroom. Notice the shape. Poisonous mushrooms often have a ring on the stem.
Poisonous white angel mushroom. Notice the shape. Poisonous mushrooms often have a ring on the stem.

Morels Found On The Indian Continent

April 17, 2011 Day 17 of the Hubpages Challenge

Today I picked up my mom from the airport so she could share the holidays with family. We admired the blooming lily-of-the valley, and the budding pears and figs on the green trees. The cherry tree roots had buckled the brick path, so mom carefully looked down to secure her footing. When you get on in age, you want to see the ground beneath you. Too many of our elder relatives had taken a fall and changed the rest of their lives.

Stumbling upon the morel mushroom as she carefully walked the garden path, she asked, "Debby, what is this?" as she pointed to something sticking out of the ground. I recognized it right away, as these mushrooms sell at WholeFoods, especially this time of year. Surprisingly, I had never eaten one before; and she had never seen one until this day.

Just last year a friend gave us a log covered with shiitake spores. We had given up on them, thinking they had all died, when one day we saw the log covered with mushrooms, however, it was too late to harvest. Past their prime, we will have to see how they do later this year.

Regarding the continuation of the 30-day challenge, I'm wondering how many hubbers are participating in this venture and what self-talk they provide as motivation? I have no idea who else has set this April goal and how many drop out after so many days. One hubpages message indicated that a person could start at any time. Sounds strange to me. The hubpages challenge, now part journal, somewhat educational, and exploration meanders each day like a walk down the garden path. Just click the little arrow to see the other hubs written for this month's challenge.

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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Debby, mushrooms are my weekness. Are these edible really? Mouthwatering! My comments are only of few words just because of lack of time at my disposal. Kindly excuse.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello MD ~ Can you believe these? We were so surprised to find just this one and I will go out to search more. A large, yet delicate mushroom of very light color and texture. Really excellent. Go out hunting! Debby


Marilyn Freedman 5 years ago

Deb, Your blog - and your video/pictures are really encouraging. I'm going to try my hand at vegetable gardening again this year. Last year some unwanted creature beat me to the harvest.....

I stayed up late last night doing a little research on how to do a vegetable garden in my backyard. Then I started to look up goats and chickens for the backyard instead. Darn! Chickens are prohibited in Toronto.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Sounds yummy and easy to cook. Thanks so much for sharing. :)


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thanks for this informative and mouth-watering recipe for morel mushrooms. Our climate out in Colorado may be too dry for such mushrooms, however.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hello Om and Juneaukid - I went out searching again today. Perhaps you need a special nose for finding the morels. Once again, my mom found one that was not showing itself completely and a day too old. Thus, I think the spores may be good for planting. Thanks for your compliments on the recipe. Be well. Debby


assunta 5 years ago

the article was interesting and the recipe looks easy and delicious


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Debby, I love mushrooms.. but I've never heard of a Morel Mushroom until today.. is that uncommon? I even thought all mushrooms were fungi.. thanks for well... clearing things up about mushrooms.. it was so lonely in the dark Frank


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Frank. All mushrooms are fungi as far as I know. Maybe you will start to read and learn more about the morel. They would make a good addition to your stories. The mushrooms do live underground in the dark, but push themselves up into the light of day, as well. Debby


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divacratus 4 years ago from India

My God, that mushroom is big! I have never eaten a morel mushroom before but this sounds great. Not sure if I would be able to get this type of mushroom in India but if I could I would definitely try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Hello Dear Diva ~ It seems that the majority of morel mushrooms grow in North America. Considered treasured delicacies, people 'hunt' for them in hidden wildness and forested areas. I was completely taken by surprise to find one in my yard. This year, I did not find any.

I believe you can find morels in Kashmir region and in Pakistan of your continent. Thus, I imagine you may find some in India, too. You may have other names for them. I will add an interesting video to the Hub, especially for you.

Blessings, Debby


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collegedad 3 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

The first Morel I ever found was growing out of the manure pile by our barn. Needless to say my mom wouldn't cook it up for me, but it did turn me into a mushroom hunter. You can never have too many morels.

Do you dry morels? It's an easy way to store them and they swell right up when you put them in water.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Dear College Dad ~ Wishing you well with your studies and earning that degree. Have you had success finding the stashes of morels in woody areas around your farm? I was lucky to have found just those two on the side of my walkway and not hunting for them in the forest.

The couple of logs planted with Shiitake mushrooms have bloomed and those I've dried for later. Thanks for visiting. Blessings, Debby


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collegedad 3 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

We hunt Morels in our areas and what they call a Beef Steak mushroom. It's not really a Beef Steak and actually it's poisonous, but the locals eat it anyway. We soak it in salt water for a couple of days changing the water repeatedly. Your lips go numb the first couple of times you eat them each spring, but they are really good! LOL


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Fascinating! It appears the term 'beef steak' pertains to different mushrooms. One, the "beefsteak morel," gyromitra esculenta (false morel) contains a deadly poison MMH and should not be eaten. It can easily be mistake for a morel in appearance, though reddish and not hollow.

Another 'early false morel" or "wrinkle capped" Verpa bohemica of the Morchellaceae family may be eaten, however, many people will find them extremely toxic and get very sick.

Even though you survived the water bath treatment; you might not be so lucky in a future tasting.

Another type of "beefsteak mushroom," fistulina hepatica, in the polypore family is not poisonous and looks like a raw steak when sliced.

After learning all this, I'm going to think twice about eating wild mushrooms and make sure I check with a botanist! I guess if the cap is attached properly and the inside is hollow, it should be the real thing.


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collegedad 3 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

You know my environmental science teacher said the same thing. I'm not as adventurous as I used to be so I'll probably not be eating these guys any time soon, but I am going to ID them. Yoopers are a strange breed that eat some awful stuff, but there is no sense in risking it.


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago Author

Glad to hear you've become wiser with age.

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