Finally broke my Morel virginity!!!

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  1. Hacendado

    Hacendado Family member Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    You're not wasting your time :)
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Funny thing is I really have no interest in eating them. I just want to get them on agar and spread them around. :facepalm:
     
  3. GGTBod

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    I think they call that obsession, reputably the most desired edible fungi on the globe and you are growing it not too eat :lmao:
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Crazy I know. I'll fry a few in butter and see whats up, but honestly I don't think it is going to be mind blowing.
    I really want to get a local culture propagating on some of the tree stands I have here. It would be really cool to go out in the back yard and find them.
     
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    I hope the flavour blows your mind and you end up like a junky jonesing for your next morel
     
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    I heard people spread them nicely on cardboard.
    But I'm not sure about the exact species.
    They were morels alright.
     
  7. CAPN_TURTLE

    CAPN_TURTLE MYCO-BUG

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    Congratulations on your find Jeff!! Did u try any? I read methods in mycelium running I wish I had known before I found mine. I have a slurry in a mason jar still to spread but it has M. punctipus mixed with the esculentoides and whatever other species may be so not good for agar :/
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    I put some tissue samples on agar tonight. Nice thing about morchella they are super fast. We'll see if they take. I should know by tomorrow.
    Found a couple more today. Pretty slim though.
    Stumbled on a nice looking inky though. Pretty large actually, about 2 inches in diameter and super fragile. I haven't hit the books to figure out exactly what it is but it made for a pretty picture (at least for a phone pic).

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    Inkys are one of the best edibles IMO
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    I spent all weekend looking for morels. For the most part it was a onesy twosy game. Found a nice spot this morning but got spooked a bit by a cow and calf moose that I stumbled upon. Found 10 or so before the dang thing reminded me that I should pack a pistol. Nice to have a noise maker.
    Went back this evening with the wife and the 92 F. Beautiful evening. She enjoyed it as much as I did. Nice to have something we enjoy together.
    Found quite a few. There were a lot that were past their prime but we did find enough to get me hooked (and her).
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    I'd say you definitely got enough for a good tasting session now
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Actually they are fairly tasty. Nothing spectacular but respectable. The little one thought they were the best she has tried.
     
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    How did you cook them? When i get some i am going to try the dish called morel-fish, dead easy you just slice lengthwise and dip them in beaten egg and coat in bread crumbs before frying in butter, you can also do egg>flour>beer batter>fry in butter
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    Like I do every time I try a new mushroom. Fried in butter with salt and pepper. More delicate guys can become overwhelmed by the butter but these had a distinct flavor. Pretty mild but not bad at all.
     
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    Sounds nice, when i get some i will do the straight fried in butter test.
     
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    Your youngun is getting hooked to the myco life early, couple of weeks back she is drawing the life cycle and now her favourite fungi to eat is a morel, no burger king dates are gonna cut the mustard in her future
     
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    It's fun to expose the little one to different things. She is like a sponge right now. Really fun to watch actually.
     
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    That is a very nice haul Jeff :clap2: Congrats!

    I found a few last weekend but not many and not in as great as shape as yours, it was a bit late for them here, even up the mountain.
     
  19. CAPN_TURTLE

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    Very nice Jeff and I'm glad the whole family is getting into it! I'm better at growing and finding them and my wife at eating them! Lol she loves them as we'll as does everyone I cooked them for. Next year were going to have to heat this competition up a bit and maybe make SomeGuy a Judge lol cause it seemed like he was tripping over them everywhere he walked this spring......I hope to break my Chanterelle cherry this year as well ^.^ coming soon to a forum near you!
     
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    Jeff Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor Supporter

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    At what point do you leave them be?

    I left the ones that had a hole in the top or appeared slightly dry. I only picked what appeared to be prime and left the rest. Is there a general rule of thumb?