Spring is an amazing time of year. Along with a complete change of landscape, spring brings forth the â€ślords of the woodsâ€ť â€¦ morel mushrooms. With this year’s cooler spring, morels are still being found, even later than ever before.
The tasty little fungi often show themselves on a warm spring day immediately following a rain. They tend to be found in shady areas, often on north-facing slopes in the northern hemisphere that never receive direct sunlight. But they can be found in other areas where cover provides near-constant shade.
The visible mushroom that rises from the Earthâ€™s soil on a spring day is simply the â€śfruitâ€ť of the species. The real work happens underground near the surface where a web-like â€śmyceliumâ€ť can spread through the soil for great distances â€¦ sometimes up to several acres. Alone, a mycelium cannot produce mushrooms, but when two mycelium cross paths â€“ thatâ€™s when we can benefit greatly from this subterranean union. Continue reading