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Morel Mushroom Pictures

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Morchella semilibera, the half free morel

Black Morel
Morchella elata, the black morel

Yellow Morel
Morchella esculenta the "yellow" morel.

Variations in Morels
Morchella esculenta the "Yellow" morel appears in a wide variety of colors, from light gray to dark gray, light tan to golden brown, pale yellow to yellow to dark brown. The shape of the cap can vary as well, from tall slender and pointed to short squat and round.

Dark Colored Morel
A dark gray variation of Morchella esculenta

Black Morel
Morchella elata
- When sliced in half all the morels are hollow

Gyromitra esculentaBeware of mushrooms that do not have true pits or cavities and are smooth, brain-like and shiny. These spring mushrooms, often called "False Morels" or "Early Morels" are from either the genera Verpa or Gyromitra

Don't bother with any of them!
Cooking may not remove all of the toxin and this could result in liver damage over a period of years.
Get a good field guide and stick to the genus Morchella (the "real Morels"!) ...very safe, and very delicious.

Happy Hunting!
-Roy Reehil

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