Found 6 small morels just north of Branson today. Also found a bunch of false morels. The Morel King and I believe we just found the "early" ones. We definitely need the rain and they should be popping big time by Friday of next week!
Oh yea, this was from today, not yesterday. Couldn't find today's gas receipt. Two were already eaten when I thought about posting and another 1 or 2 were devoured by my wife before I could get the shot taken. We must pray for rain to insure many more plate fulls of the deliciousness...
I looked at a few "good" spots Friday north of Springfield and didn't find one.
Walked 3 1/2 hours + to find the shrooms in the pics. There were no clusters...just an occasional straggler. Worked HARD for the two meals we'll get out of our mess. We need some significant moisture and humidity before the start coming out in groves (at least that's what we hope!). I keep telling myself its better to be early than late...
You've "heard Stories", I've heard stories. I don't eat them, mainly due to my wife and what she's heard. False morels are just an indicator for me. If you find them; the real ones are about 2 weeks behind...from what I've heard.
I wouldn't suggest anyone eating them, nor have I suggested anyone eat them BTW.
Stories? Stories are just that. Stories. I'm not saying people won't get sick from eating them. My brother's family does. However, there are no confirmed deaths from eating them. And I have never heard of one person that has eaten them their whole lives and then suddenly get sick from them. We have always eaten them. Never had a problem. My suggestion would be to eat a small amount. If you get an upset stomach from them, then don't eat them.
I would never eat false morels, aka Gyromitras. They are not "reds," as in another variety of morel that is red in color. They are a completely different species that just happens to vaguely resemble morels, and fruits under similar conditions.
Some people may be able to eat them and not get sick, however some people do die. And there are also unknown longterm effects. My position is: why risk it? There are plenty of other mushrooms that are perfectly safe to eat.
You guys copy and paste really nice articles that say people can die from eating them. But, search the internet and find me where John Doe died from eating them. Anyway, you don't have to eat them if you don't want to. I will continue. Good luck.
That's great, Terry, go ahead and knock yourself out. But they can be dangerous to eat to for somebody who doesn't know any better reading this message board and thinking they are just another type of morel. They are absolutely not.
I linked to wikipedia because it's simple to find and read, but I have several mycological books that say the same thing. There's a reason every responsible news story about morels mentions the differences identifying morels and gyromitras (false morels).
Eat them all you want, I could care less. I just want the info out there for people, especially inexperienced people, that they need to be cautious and know exactly what they are doing when identifying, collecting and preparing mushrooms.
if someone wants to eat false morels and knows what they're getting themselves into .. thats all good. i just dont think its a good idea even suggesting that they're not that dangerous here on the forums. someone will read that, believe it, eat it, and might seriously harm themselves or others. they have killed hundreds if not thousands of people. the fumes alone from boiling them are dangerous if inhaled.
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