Report 2019 SE Michigan Morel Finds Here.

Discussion in 'Michigan' started by Lost_Literati, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. 15 minutes

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  2. A couple hours here and there

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  3. A few days

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  4. Every single daylight hour of the season

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  5. What? I haven't come out of the woods since last season.

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  1. Kbart

    Kbart Morel Connoisseur

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    oh snap! Those are nice
     
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  2. SavantNcrc3

    SavantNcrc3 Young Morel

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    Thanks for the insight, bung23, jms0001, and shroomsearcher! They grew on a recent construction site (settled after one year), 4-5 yards away from a flooding ditch, the nearest tree was a similar distance away, and the the fused ones were directly under dock weed.
     

  3. Maddchad

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    I will post pictures eventually, I have been finding black morels i pockets for about a week and a half now in north western oakland county. Yesterday I thought I had hit the mother load but unfortunately it was a lot of the false morels with just the top of the stem attached in the center of the cap... :(
     
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  4. bung23

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    Those are most likely half-free morels and they are delicious TRUE morels. Post pics to confirm.....
     
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  5. Maddchad

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    Top are a couple of good ones. The bottom are the false ones... The cap is only attached at the very top of the steps...

    I have heard of people eating them but never tried them myself.
     
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  6. Kbart

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    Cut yours in half length wise. If the inside of the stalk is wispy fibers and the cap is attached at the very top, like the ones in the following picture, then it is bad.

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  7. Maddchad

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    Top are a couple of good ones. The bottom are the false ones... The cap is only attached at the very top of the steps...

    I have heard of people eating them but never tried them myself.
     
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  8. Maddchad

    Maddchad Morel Enthusiast

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    Went back today and found all these, caps do appear to be half attached... Also stem is hello...could someone please confirm these are half free morels... And any eating suggestions as well
     
  9. shroomsearcher

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    Yes! Those are true half-free morels, Morchella semilibera, and you have a feast there! The fact they are completely hollow is a dead giveaway, but if you look closely at the caps of yours and compare them to the pics of Verpa bomemica posted by Kbart, you'll see that they don't really look alike. The V. bohemica have caps that are wrinkled like a brain, while the half frees have the classic ridged and pitted caps of true morels. There's a second species of verpa, V. conica that has a smooth cap, but all verpas have the fuzz in the stems. I find lots of those around here but very few half frees. I'm kind of jealous.
     
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  10. bung23

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    The bottom pic is indeed a TRUE morel. They’re called half-free morels due to the fact that the cap is attached to the stem halfway up the cap. Kinda like an umbrella. There are false morels that resemble half-free’s but the stem of the false half-free is filled with a white, cottony substance while stem of the true half free is completely hollow with nothing inside.
     
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  11. Shoepolice

    Shoepolice Young Morel

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    Older verpa mushrooms might not have the cotton. Look for the cap connection location.
     
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  12. jms0001

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    Got to stay ahead of the weekend warriors again my season is coming to an end unfortunately until I go north. All of my spots down here are pretty well picked out. Good luck all!! 2DB1B6EB-7C16-488B-B56B-105510B443A4.jpeg DFDA05FB-AA2D-453B-9F87-97B7E05B84EB.jpeg
     
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  13. mmh

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    I did not know that about verpas, Thank you
     
  14. bung23

    bung23 Morel Connoisseur

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  15. Kbart

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  16. bung23

    bung23 Morel Connoisseur

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    I found that spot last year and there were even more then! I took a bunch of pics and posted them on here in last years thread.... May 19, I think....
     
  17. mmh

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  18. billb3

    billb3 Young Morel

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    Tough start this year, many a cut in "secret" paces:/. However, the rain and temp combination is generating rather large Morels this year. bdkVFQTjRR+w8XIpW72aQg.jpg
     
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