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Fact Checker: Is it Bad to Pull Morels Instead of Pinching Them?

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Fact Checker: Is it Bad to Pull Morels Instead of Pinching Them?

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at factchecker...
The 12 Best Edible Wild Mushrooms

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The 12 Best Edible Wild Mushrooms

Most mushroom hunters call it quits after morels stop popping in spring, but that shouldn’t be the case. Edible mushrooms can be foraged year-round (even winter), and the mild temperatures of fall inspire growth that’s second only to spring. Here are 12 edible, wild mushrooms to look for this autumn...
10 of the Biggest Morel Mushrooms Ever Found

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10 of the Biggest Morel Mushrooms Ever Found

When I go mushroom hunting, I’m satisfied if I find enough just to fill a sauté pan. Usually that means cleaning a dozen morels to make a meal, but these foragers could feed a family with just a single harvest. Here are some of the biggest morels ever picked. Jasi Butler. West Virginia. 2020.This...
How to Dry Morel Mushrooms Without a Dehydrator

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How to Dry Morel Mushrooms Without a Dehydrator

I hope your morel mushroom harvest is bountiful this year. So bountiful, in fact, that you consider giving away or selling the extras. Or, maybe you value the best tasting fungi so much that there’s no friend or dollar amount good enough to take away your morels. If that’s the case, you’ll need to...
3 Ways to Clean Morel Mushrooms

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3 Ways to Clean Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushroom hunters disagree on plenty, like pinching stems, ideal soil temps, and the “pop.” But the differences aren’t limited to foraging. Likely the biggest debate in foraging culture centers on how to clean morel mushrooms. Mushroom enthusiasts often fall into one of three camps: quick rinse...
5 Common Misconceptions About Morel Mushrooms

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5 Common Misconceptions About Morel Mushrooms

Morels are enigmatic. Despite their reputation as the best tasting mushroom among some 1.5 million other species of fungi, very little is known about them. With a lot of room for interpretation, foragers like me do their best to fill in the scientific gaps. For that reason, morel hunters get plenty...
What is a False Morel Mushroom?

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What is a False Morel Mushroom?

If you plan on striking out into the woods this spring in search of the best tasting mushies, then it’s worth brushing up on your mycology. There are plenty of other choice edibles you’ll come across along the way, as well as a morel imposter that shouldn’t be trifled with. A large, false morel...
3 Guaranteed Places to Find Morel Mushrooms

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3 Guaranteed Places to Find Morel Mushrooms

I’ve had strangers offer up onX pins for where to find roosted turkeys and spawning walleye, but rarely do foragers volunteer morel mushroom spots. Like a good family recipe or secret bait, a lot of morel honey holes go to the grave with whomever found them. Since no one is going to walk you into a...
How to Find Morel Mushrooms in Every State

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How to Find Morel Mushrooms in Every State

Like most fungi, morels can be incredibly difficult to find. If you’re new to the mushroom hunting scene, make sure you check out our complete guide to morel hunting. If you already know the basics, then you’re ready for this regional guide. Our experts lay out the where, when and how for finding...
The Other Springtime Mushrooms

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The Other Springtime Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms inspire hardcore hunters and fishers to turn gatherer for a short period of time each year. Outdoorsmen hit the woods in droves every spring to find this golden fungus because of its tasty flesh, but what these part-time foragers don’t realize is that they’re walking past all sorts...