Thanks for all the great info! Had a great week up north. Spent about 5 hours foraging, found a couple black morels, but that was it. So needless to say I have not figured out the blacks yet. It was still fun to walk around northern woods though!View attachment 21414 View attachment 21416 View attachment 21418 View attachment 21420
Tundraking, here’s a few pictures. Things warmed up quickly after all the rain we got yesterday, so there’s lots of green shoots coming up. Edges of clearings are white poplar, red willow (red-osier dogwood), some beaked hazelnuts, changing to black poplar further in with an occasional scrubby oak.
They grow in the leaf litter where the forest is dark & cool. But they also like to be near the edge of a clearing, kind of in part sun, part shade. If you do find them growing out in the open, they are often really big, tops misshapen, and burned by the sun. Their cell walls are thinner than yellow morels, so they are more delicate IMO. The third picture is of the leaf litter. It’s easy to recognize: thick, kind of half-way broken down, crunchy when dry. There’s a swamp about a mile up the road, and this whole area is squishy on a wet year. Not great land for farming, but suitable for cattle. Fourth picture shows four morels growing around the old stump of a tree. Also check along game trails, because I’ve often found them growing along the sides.
They definitely have a pungent odor for sure...