In Season in Spring:
Wild Morel Mushrooms
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Spring Cooking and Recipes
Mushrooms have always been a highly prized fungi. From the same family as
truffles, they are found in moist areas, often around dying or dead Elm trees,
Sycamore and Ash trees and are in season in the UK between April and July.
One of the more easily identifiable wild fungi, morels have a hollow,
honeycombed, cone-shaped cap and comes in a colours ranging from light
grey or beige to very dark brown/black. The stems are also hollow making the
whole mushroom highly suitable for stuffing. In general, they range in size from
5cm/2-inches to 20cm/8-inches long.
Interestingly, the honeycomb cap is due to the fact that the Morels are still in
the process of evolving from a single celled organism (a yeast) into a
Flavour wise, morel mushrooms add a very distinctive, meaty flavour to recipes
from simple scrambled eggs to haut cuisine recipes and are well worth going out
of your way to obtain.
It is also possible to grow your own wild morels if you don’t have access to a
local wood by means of special kits which are obtainable online.
Buying and Storing Fresh Wild
Only purchase morel mushrooms that look fresh and dry. The caps should be intact
with no tears, or shrivelling and the stems should be firm, white and blemish
free. Avoid any which feel slimy or has anything more than an earthy odour.
Fresh morel mushrooms will keep for up to three days if refrigerated. Always
store in a paper bag. Do not store in a plastic bag or clingfilm as this tends
to make them sweat and deteriorate more quickly.
Freeze if you must. Best sautéed in butter and cooled before freezing in small
Preparing and Cooking Fresh
Wild Morel Mushrooms
Cleaning morel mushrooms can be a fiddly affair as the honeycombs retain more
earth than traditional mushroom gills. They also attract little insects. Do not
soak any wild mushrooms for any length of time but rather knock off as much
debris as possible before washing under cold running water, using a small brush
to clean the combs if they are very dirty. Dry well on kitchen paper.
Smaller mushrooms can be left whole of halved lengthways. Larger specimens
should be cut into strips unless they are to be stuffed in which case cut in
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3 Spring Season Morel Mushrooms