It's That Time: Morel Mushrooms Popping up in State

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on March 29, 2021 via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Our friends at Onlyinyourstate.com have once again found a unique idea for those looking for a unique way to get away from things for a while right here in West Virginia. The latest example doesn't involve an exact destination, but an excursion you can take throughout much of the state. As always, check any area before traveling to any destination due to possible COVID-19 restrictions.
 
FROM ONLYINYOURSTATE.COM
 
During the long winter months, what part of spring do you look forward to the most? Maybe it’s longer days or warmer temperatures. Maybe it’s seeing the beautiful flowers blooming or getting started on garden planting. Or maybe you’re a forager, and what you look forward to most of all about a West Virginia spring is the opportunity to take to the woods to harvest some wild state delicacies like morel mushrooms.
 
A spring hike through the woods of West Virginia holds the potential for many pleasures and much adventure. A plethora of rare, delicate wildflowers, few bugs, and pleasant temperatures are just a few advantages of venturing outside during this season of the year.
 
Another benefit? Morel mushrooms.
 
Known as "dryland fish," "hickory chickens," and "honeycomb" or "pinecone" mushrooms, this fungus is a prized delicacy in many cultures around the world, including Appalachia.
 
Known for their earthy, nutty flavor and meaty texture, morels are a coveted prize, made even more so by the fact that they must be foraged rather than farmed.
 
Editor's Note: Photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr.



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