Finally broke my Morel virginity!!!

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  1. CAPN_TURTLE

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    So here's my finds. I have them separated by the lighter by what I'm thinking are yellows and blacks? Also how should I clean them?
     
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    Cut one in half lengthwise. I am definitely not an expert but those may be false morels?
     
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    All hollow
     
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    Cool.
     
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    Also 2 of them appeared to be over matured and i won't eat those but dedonitely not brainy like like the false morels.
     
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    That is one of the main tests right? Morels have hollow stem?
     
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    I also found an interesting polyp ore today I will share after I shower
     
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    Could you post a pic of it cut in half?
    It could also be Mitrophora hybrida or Verpa bohemica.

    They are all edible so you don't have to worry :)
     
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    Well shit Jeff you may be right somewhat.....After I went back into my field guide I found how the slice should look and I think they are half-free morels or Morchella semilibera. Quite saddening actually but I learned a new species and how to identify it in the wild, so that is a plus.
     
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    Here's the cross section
     

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    They do look like half free. The caps just didn't quite look right in your original pic.
     
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    A couple I knocked into lol they seemed to pop up in front of me. I read they come up about 10 days before yellows so I hope I still hve a good spot. I'm likely going further south tomorrow or Sunday.
     
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    Nice find. Have you thought about cloning one? It would be a cool to have a morel culture to play around with
     
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    I planned on it til I found out they were half free's. When or if I ever find any I will definitely try something with one or two of them.
     
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    it wont let me enlarge the pics :( but it seems like you got an ID on them. but hey youre on the right track. keep lookin! :)
     
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    the current name is Morchella punctipes (that's actually debatable, long story) they are still good eating, they just don't stay as firm as a true morel when you cook them. You are on the right track, where you found these. Learn to identify an ash tree a tulip poplar and an elm tree, and where you found these, find those trees nearby and look under them. I bet you will find some
     
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    The article on the punctipus was very informative! I've read the articles you gave me and although I had already watched that video, I had completely forgotten yesterday about how the elm roots form, so that should be of help. I really do appreciate you taking the time to give me those links though! Anyways, without any rain for a few days, will morels still be popping up? Also its supposed to rain tomorrow, but I will be down south. If I dont get bored today. I'm gonna go back to that park if theres a chance freshies are still popping up sin rain.
     
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    I understand the discovery of the two different half free's was in 2011 which is probalby why my audobon field guide doesnt have that distinction, but 2 apps i have on my phone, one being the audobon app as well which is updated and whatnot call the half free morel Mitrophora semilibera. I couldnt find any reason for this.