found a patch of morel mushrooms today, tomorrow i hike back, pick, clean, and fry them up! the taste is from “outer space”!
Nice painting, Joe but when you said “outer space” I thought you were into “magic mushrooms” No need for me to be concerned – its worse than that This from a Google search:
Morels contain small amounts of hydrazine toxins that are removed by thorough cooking; morel mushrooms should never be eaten raw. It has been reported that even cooked morels can sometimes cause mild intoxication symptoms when consumed with alcohol.
When eating this mushroom for the first time it is wise to consume a small amount to minimize any allergic reaction. Morels for consumption must be clean and free of decay.
Morels growing in old apple orchards that had been treated with the insecticide lead arsenate may accumulate levels of toxic lead and arsenic that are unhealthy for human consumption.
As Woodie Guthrie used to sing “So long, its been good to know you”. Take care.
Trust a scotsman to know his geology and how to pinch a penny or two, but never trust him to know good food. These are excellent to eat, and they, like gold, are never found in great quantities. Mother’s day for morels is how I remember when to go out looking for them. There are two varieties yellow and black capped. There is a non edible look alike called the false morel, but it is found on pine woods substrate, and it is not that much of a look alike either. You are a lucky man!
Ah Greyseal. The popular myths of penny-pinching Scots and a lack of culinary imagination surface yet again. Come for a visit. You will be surprised/overwhelmed by the generosity of the Scots – and the food will make you want to stay for ever. How about:
Aberdeen Angus Steak, Venison, Prime pork, Mutton and Lamb, Game
Herring, Cod, Salmon, Mackerel, Eel, Shellfish such as Crab meat, lobster, Mussels, langoustine etc
A myriad of fresh vegetables and soft fruits, nuts and home-grown spices and YES hundreds of fungi
Pies, Bridies, Smokies,
Trifles, Soups, Puddings and cakes
and that’s just breakfast
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