Morels are a highly prized species of wild mushroom that can be identified by their honeycombed, hollow, cone-shaped cap ranging in size from 2 to 4 inches high. Earthy, buttery, smoky and nutty, they are incredibly flavorful and need little embellishment.
Morels come in a range of colors from a rich tan, blonde, or grey to an extremely dark brown. These particular morels are #1 grade, meaning each mushroom is a whole, young specimen with white stems.
Morels are one of the first species to colonize forests that have experienced fires the previous summer, which may explain the intense earthy, smoky and nutty flavors that characterize their taste.
- Store fresh morels in your refrigerator in a paper (not plastic) bag or another well-ventilated container.
- Wash thoroughly just before using, especially the hollow pocket.
- Always thoroughly cook morels.
- Raw or undercooked morels can cause gastrointestinal distress.