This mushroom is now considered one of the Yellow Morels, Morchella esculenta but we have included it as it looks different and was once a separate species, Morchella vulgaris. It is a very tasty mushroom but as with all Morels, it must be cooked before consumption.
|Common Names||Common Morel|
|Scientific Name||Morchella esculenta|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||20|
|Average Cap width (CM)||15|
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 Common Morel comes in many variants so size and colour can vary greatly within this particular mushroom.
White/cream, hollow sometimes thickening and bulbous towards the base. Uneven furrows run vertically up the stem.
Open Woods, pastures, gardens, wasteland and often on verges between roads and woods or fields.
The false morel, Gyromitra esculenta, pictured, but this is more lobed or brain-like rather than the 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 paler Morel.
The Yellow Morel looks very like the Common Morel but is usually a yellow rather than grey colour and the edges of the honeycomb like cap are thinner than the ‘plump’ edges of the Common Morel.
Pale cream to yellow. Ellipsoid.
Taste / Smell
Very good but requires thorough cleaning to remove, mud, debris and insects. A good mushroom to dehydrate. Must be cooked before consumption.
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.