Ever since I moved to this property and learned of foraging the wilds for food I have dreamed of a particular delicacy. One that I wasn't even sure existed in this area. I had heard rumors. Seen photos, but yet the reality eluded me. I hiked many a mile over my land searching and searching only to come home empty-handed. I had come up empty so many times in fact, the idea had almost left me as something I would probably never experience. Until today. My normal morning walk with Chigger yielded far more this morning because I stumbled upon these.......
The holy grail of mushrooms. True, delicious morels. Culinary delights I had only ever heard of.
I was stunned by how easily I happened upon these. They are truly hard to spot at first but once you see them they seem to just pop out everywhere. I ran squealing to the house to get Jack. Thankfully he is kinda used to me by now and was delighted also.
I gathered them in my shirt tail until he brought me a bucket. I was rather surprised that there were this large.
And yes, I checked them closely to make sure that they were true morels. Hollow on the inside!!
It wasn't a huge haul but to find any at all was an incredible rush. I can see now why people get so excited over these things. I soaked them for about an hour in salty water to clean them and then drained them and covered with a damp paper towel until we were ready to cook them.
I had never had these before, and neither had Jack, so we figured we would saute half in butter and then fry the other half in a batter mix. We also decided such a serendipitous event called for a real celebration so I took off to a decent grocery store to get us some extra goodies.
And a wondrous time was had by all!! A wonderful feast to celebrate this beautiful spring and my first hunt! We gorged ourselves on steak, potatoes, morels and wine!! The morels were exquisite either way. I think I liked them a little better battered and fried but it's hard to say. I go hunting again tomorrow so maybe we will have the opportunity to do a little more taste testing.