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White morel

Morchella deliciosa

Description:

Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. These ascocarps are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt. Morels have been called by many local names; some of the more colorful include dryland fish, because when sliced lengthwise then breaded and fried, their outline resembles the shape of a fish; hickory chickens, as they are known in many parts of Kentucky; and merkels or miracles, based on a story of how a mountain family was saved from starvation by eating morels. In parts of West Virginia, they are known as "molly moochers." Other common names for morels include sponge mushroom. Genus Morchella is derived from morchel, an old German word for mushroom, while morel itself is derived from the Latin maurus meaning brown.

Habitat:

Open woodlands.


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5 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Thanks Jacob! I'm beginning to wish I had brought it home to try!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

Morchella deliciosa

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

I think this specific species is White Morel

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Thanks harsuame! If I was braver I would have brought it home to cook!

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Interesante hongo

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.69, Long: -87.22

Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 22, 2012

Reference

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