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  1. Thanks, every time I find them I wish I could eat them. They're huge
  2. I said I am NOT going to eat them. I look for the just as an indicator of the season start.
  3. OMG! I have a small patch of woods on my property that I always check but never find. The neighbors patch of woods use to produce a small bunch of morels, but the new owners bull dozed right over the patch. So I was walking along the edge of the woods and noticed the last of a clump of 3 Red Oak trees had recently uprooted and at the base was a flush of Red morels. Sorry for not using the Latin name. There were close to two dozen around the base of the logs. I only wish Yellow Morels got this big. One find like this would make my season. Do Reds usually come up about a week earlier than Yellows? P.S. St. Louis area and no I know better than to try to eat them.
  4. How early in the year in MO do you start looking for them. Here in St. Louis area, the weather has been in the 70's the last few days and I'd like to beat others to my spots. But I want to save my knees and not go out too early. The Oak leaves are the 'size of a mouse's ear' which is the rule of thumb I've heard. Also some use the Mayflowers as a gauge, although I don't know what that is.
  5. Has anyone found Maitake in an area that gets flooded for 6 months out of the year? It's dry from March to late October in Central IL.
  6. djg

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    That's it. Thanks
  7. I've seen this one in books before, but can't seem to find it again. It's like a sponge with cypress needle-like texture.
  8. I was looking for maitake, but only found I. resinosum (abbreviated correctly?). This was an area that is flooded one two feet deep for six months every year. It was amazing, ever red oak was covered with them at the base. Most were tender as in the first photo and I was unaware that they were edible. The book says 'tastes like chicken of the woods' which I'm not a fan of, so I didn't miss out by not keeping any. The old ones appear to have a less-indented rim and the new 'buds' look like pop corn. P.S. Sorry, I know this is only of mild curiosity. The main reason was to ask about the habitat. Will maitake survive in a flooded zone as these did? I was surprised I didn't find any despite all the decaying trees.
  9. Can't help with ID, and sorry off topic, but what gear (camera, lens, etc) and exposure (ISO, f stop etc) did you use for the third photo. It's amazing. I've been trying to get that type of results for a while now......Thanks
  10. I'm in IL and cut my own firewood. So I know a little about trees. Definitely looks like Black Cherry to me.
  11. One meal, Not a lot. Maybe a small saucer amount. Maybe bacteria.
  12. Luckily that was a one time? episode with the morels. If I couldn't eat morels...., I don't want to think about it. Maybe the fiber thing with me. I'd be interested if you'd reference the book.
  13. That's good to hear she's ok with them. If I can tolerate them again, I would be interested in the pickling recipe, but that's for later.
  14. I'm afraid if I parboil them first, I'll loose the flavor and defeat the purpose. When they were in a soup, could you still taste them?
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