Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for our May Morel Forage today! And my sincerest heartfelt apologies to those who tried to come out and got stuck in marathon traffic. (And congratulations to all the runners out there who ran the Pittsburgh marathon and half marathon!!)
We had an awesome day, everyone found morels (Morchella semilibera). We also found some very young tender Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) which should also be very tasty!
The inside of the half-free, just like that of other true morels (black, gray and yellow) will be hollow:
The stalk of this morel is much more tender and delicate than that of the other morels (which can be tough and rubbery), and is great chopped up and sauteed along with the cap, making for quite a meaty meal.
We identified lots of other wild edibles on our way to the morels, including our first sighting of Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) of the year.
In addition to the Lambsquarters, Morels and Dryad’s Saddle, other edibles we saw and discussed included:
- Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata
- Onion Grass
- Burdock, Arctium
- Broad-Leaf Dock, Rumex obtusifolius
- Plantain, Plantago major
- Deadnettles, Lamium purpureum
- Chickweed, Stellari media
- Purple Violet, Viola
- Yellow Wood Violet, Viola biflora
- Mayapples, Podophyllum peltatum
- Dandelion, Taraxacum officinalis
Thanks so much to everyone who came! Get out there and look for morels…they are just coming up in Western Pa! The yellow morels follow the half-free, so we should have at least 3 more weeks of happy hunting!
More local information about mushrooms can be found with the Western PA Mushroom Club. You can attend a monthly meeting or go on one of their weekly hikes…if you are interested in learning more about mushrooms this is a great place!
And make sure to do a thorough “tick check” when you come out of the woods…there seem to be an abundance of ticks this year!
Happy hunting, stay safe,
~ Melissa Sokulski