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Discover the Fun of Morel Hunting Season

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May brings the hunt for morels, the most coveted of Minnesota mushrooms. With their honeycombed caps and hollow stems, morels are easy for even a beginning forager to recognize. (The solid-stemmed false morel, which can be toxic, is the only similar mushroom to avoid.) Last May, after a year of learning edible mushrooms in the woods around where I live, I was ready to scout for morels. I went out when the lilacs were blooming (which meant the temperature and day length were right) and looked around dead and dying elm trees (which meant the soil conditions were right). Read more about Discover the Fun of Morel Hunting Season

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