Morel Mushroom Pictures
Morchella semilibera, the
half free morel
Morchella elata, the black morel
Morchella esculenta the "yellow" morel.
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.
A dark gray variation of Morchella esculenta
Morchella elata - When sliced in half all the morels are hollow
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
BEST BET WITH GYROMITRA, VERPA AND
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.
Here's a discussion on this subject from
our Forager's Forum.
Notes: Field Guide Recommendations
- David Fischer's Edible Wild Mushrooms of
North America is an excellent "field to kitchen guide,"
including recipes and storage techniques. Mushrooms
Demystified - by David Arora provides identification keys, photos and
descriptions of a wide variety of edible and non-edible mushroom species and The Audubon
Society field guide to North American Mushrooms is "the old
standard" of mushroom field guides.
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Morels and Potatoes
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