Morel hunting and cultivation tips from Mushroom Mountain
You can find a morel in every state except Florida and
Arizona, you just need to know where to look and how.
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1. Carry a meat/soil
thermometer with you at
all times to test for when the season begins. Check the soil
temperature in the morning shade. When you find a spot around 50 it's
time to begin hunting, 58 is when it's all over and your only hope is
to go to higher elevations.
2. If you hunt in an old
orchard be aware that morels can absorb heavy metals which often linger
for decades in the soil from the spraying of a wide variety of toxins.
You can get a heavy metal testing kit, but I think it would be easier
and safer to go looking in another spot.
3. Go check out Tradd
Cotter's concise page on morel hunting. He's got a lot more tips
like which trees to look out for and what other mushrooms and plants
are making their appearance at around the same temperature.
Yes...the mushroom in the
picture is real and not a photoshop trick, proof that this guy knows a
thing or two about what it takes to find them and he's working on new techniques to
cultivate them at home.