Monday, May 13, 2013

Connecticut Morels




We have only been searching for mushrooms for about 3 years now, but had never found morels in Connecticut. Until this weekend, that is. Connecticut does not get the large amounts that you can find in the mid-west, and we don't have forest fires very often, so we don't have burn morels like the west coast. Our season is short and erratic. It had been very dry- no rain for 16 days- this spring, so we figured it was another season we would not be able to find morels. We camped out with a group of mushroom hunting pals this weekend, and we made a group exploration effort that yielded 27 morels and a pile of young dryad's saddle (Polyporus squamosus).

Andrew may be in love!
Camping with mushroom hunters, wild food foragers, and fishermen and fisherwomen definitely had advantages. Dinner back at camp that evening included fried dryad's saddle and morels in butter and oil, fire roasted ramps naan bread, morel kasha and pasta salad, fresh caught rainbow and brook trout stuffed with sheep's sorrel and ramps, maitake chili, chaga tea, and some dandelion wine purchased at the dandelion festival in Ohio. We sampled, we chatted, we drank around the fire telling fish stories and mushroom hunting tales. I wish we had photos of the food, but it was dark and we had to eat in the covered tent because it was raining a bit. Looking forward to a fruitful mushrooming, foraging and feasting year with friends!

Dryad's saddle, we ate the smaller, more tender specimens
Can you spot the morels in this picture? 







8 comments:

The Reverend Fowl ™ said...

I like the last photo; under the tree. Never tried Dandelion Wine.

Tiffany Mayer said...

Beautiful find! I'd love to find morels in my travels one day.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to find a Morel in CT, Congrats can you tell me the area of which you found these, and also what type of tree. (Of course not exact location) but I would like to have some hope thanks.

The 3 Foragers said...

These were found in an area that had lots of tulip poplars along with ash trees in western Connecticut.

Anonymous said...

Seeing that first pic with the two huuuuge morels....Ive been skunked for 3 years now........swore I would never waste my time trying to find them again...

Cant wait for May now.......

Anonymous said...

Found two large (sic) morels in the back yard of our Ridgefield home (wooded with lots of leaf cover) just 2 days ago! It was a nice reward for doing some spring clean-up.

Anonymous said...

I have a small patch of morels growing in my front yard in Newtown but I've never tried eating them as I'm not a mushroom expert. They are attractive though.

Should I try to transplant? They're growing in the lawn and will be mowed soon.

ozimmerman said...

I would have eaten them for you!