Observation 64948: Morchella Dill. ex Pers.
When: 2011-03-30
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Some nice finds today, I have never tried to ID which species of Morels I find but some are “yellow” and some are “black”, these are the “blacks”.

Both the “yellow” and “black” are mixed together in the picture showing them together in the bag, you can see the difference in color.

I always find them in sandy soils by rivers, they love the riverbank.

Also I thought I would mention, Chickweed is everywhere at the moment. Take your bag/basket out and layer the bottom of it with Chickweed to lay edibles on, then take it all home and cook it up.

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Kuo article is interesting.
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-03-31 23:44:55 CDT (-0400)

I have his morel book as well. His field experience and mine (of which I have 50 years!) have come to many of the same conclusions, backed up by DNA at least into groups. He and I have observed that grays (your blacks) do become yellowish in age and that big foots, M. crassipes in most books are just late season yellows. I would call your collection M. esculenta. But he also cites some grays that stay gray. So the confusing beat goes on…

Walt
By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2011-03-31 14:39:24 CDT (-0400)

The morels I call “blacks” usually stay that dark color the whole life cycle, the ones pictured here look darker than what others call “black morels” adding to my confusion.

The “yellows” start out that color, stay that color when prime for picking, finally they get a brown/red color to them.

Here’s is an interesting article from Michael Kuo.

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/mdcp/kuo_08.html

Some would call these Gray morels
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2011-03-31 11:11:36 CDT (-0400)

which usually turn yellowish as they age. Your photos do not show what most would call black morels. http://mushroomobserver.org/19946?q=40SE No matter. Yumm.

This Weekend I Hope I Can Get Out
By: Stephen (Ιερονυμοσ)
2011-03-30 23:14:02 CDT (-0400)

I’ll check by some creeks in hardwoods. Your finds are inspiring.

yum
By: jimmiev
2011-03-30 23:09:22 CDT (-0400)

and Chickweed!! that’s what I am seeing everywhere, thank you!

ah, first North Carolina…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2011-03-30 23:01:42 CDT (-0400)

now you. Sounds like the SE morel season has begun.

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