Guest post: JOEL!!!

The man who needs no introductions: my mushroom-hunting husband, Joel George ๐Ÿ™‚

Morel Mushrooms.

Itโ€™s a term that results in a wide array of reactions, some of which are:

-What are those?
-Nasty, you like to eat fungus?
-Mushrooms, like the ones on pizza?
-What kind of gun do you use? (smart alecks)
-I am also a morel fanatic, how many have you found this year?

Iโ€™m in the last category. My first hunt was in the spring of 1983 when I would have been about the size of a pinky finger. Iโ€™ve been hooked ever since and could not imagine missing a morel season. For those of you that donโ€™t know, morels are wild mushrooms prized by gourmet cooks. They grow from the ground, have a short โ€˜fruitingโ€™ season every spring, tend to favor certain climates and surroundings, and grow in a variety of natural colors from brown to yellow to gray. The combination of these factors make them an elusive prize to forage. As much as I love to eat them (sautรฉed, breaded, in gravy, in eggs, in my momโ€™s mushroom soup, etc.), it does not compare to the thrill of the northern Michigan hikes through the forest when I discover these tasty Morchellas, especially when you find them in quantities around a particularly inviting looking area, and every time you take a step, you see 2 or 3 more just down the hill or just on the other side of that log!

Anyway, I guess some people call it a strange hobby. But it seems like people that try it and stumble on a big flush get hooked and develop this feeling every spring that just over the next hill they will find morels in such quantity and size that it brings out a feeling and rush of adrenaline that cannot be compared to any other experience. Some people donโ€™t even like the taste of them but love the outdoors or love that they can bring in $25-$60 per pound or just love the thrill of the hunt as much as I do.

If youโ€™ve never tried it, head north and give it a shot, just stay away from my hunting grounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Hunting!!!

(shout out to our brother, Adam, who turns 33 this today!)

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One response to “Guest post: JOEL!!!

  1. I don't like mushrooms but I bet I would like hunting them, for the competitive edge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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