May 20, 2016 —
Spring in Vermont brings a host of wild edibles, including common morels (Morchella esculenta). These delicious mushrooms are found through much of the North America. They like a wooded setting with moist soil, and are often found in clusters near ash, maple or apple trees. If you see one morel, stop walking immediately as there are likely more right at your feet.
As with any wild edible, particularly mushrooms, be sure you have definitively identified the specimen before eating it. Morels are not hard to identify but there are some poisonous mushrooms that look similar. The False Morels, like the Gyromitra esculenta below, are poisonous by some reports. It may be tempting to harvest every morel in sight, but its important to leave some behind so that they can propagate more morels.