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Common Morel

Edible Edible
Spring Spring

If you are lucky, you will find this far from common, excellent tasty mushroom in Spring!

Mushroom Type
Common Names Yellow Morel, True Morel
Scientific Name Morchella esculenta
Season Start Apr
Season End May
Average Mushroom height (CM) 20
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Cap

Conical or ovate with a network of irregular ridges and pits looking honeycomb-like. The cap is hollow and joined to the stem at its edge. Cream/pale, yellow/grey/brown, paling with age usually with lighter ridges. The Esculenta comes in many variants so size and colour can vary greatly within this particular mushroom.

Stem

White/cream, hollow sometimes thickeningĀ  and bulbous towards the base. Uneven furrows run vertically up the stem.

Flesh

Fairly thin and white on the inside.

Habitat

Open Woods, pastures, gardens, wasteland and often on verges between roads and woods or fields.

Possible Confusion

The false morel, Gyromitra esculenta, pictured, but this is more lobed or brain-like rather than pitted and honeycomb like cap of the morel.
The Black Morel can be similar even in colour, but usually the ridges have fairly regular vertical lines unlike the completely random honeycomb of the true Morel. The ridges on a Black Morel are darker than the rest of the cap and pailer on a true Morel.

Spore Print

Pale cream to yellow. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Very good but requires thorough cleaning to remove, mud, debris and insects. A good mushroom to dehydrate. MustĀ be cooked before consumption.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Other Facts

Fruit bodies are sometimes found growing on their own, but more often in groups on the ground in a variety of habitats. They seem to have a preference for chalky soil, but they have also been found in acidic soils. The mushroom is usually found around early spring in forests, orchards, yards, gardens and sometimes in recently burned areas. This mushroom is highly sort after.

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