Mother’s Day in southern Wisconsin holds a different meaning for some: it’s also – typically – the height of morel season.
Some of you are now asking a question that seems dumb to many of the rest of you: What’s a morel?
This is a morel:
It’s a mushroom – a mushroom that is not commercially cultivated and thus requires a trek into the woods to find it. It’s also known as an incredibly tasty mushroom.
Not that I would know, because I don’t eat mushrooms. But I do enjoy hunting for them.
So, yesterday – Mother’s Day here in the States – I headed into the woods on a morel hunt. I figured it would be a good chance to get a little hike in and hopefully find a few tasty morsels to give to my mom as a bonus for her Mother’s Day present.
Things did not go well at first. I found one morel near my parents’ house, then it was nothing. Much hiking through the woods ensued.
And then, I stumbled upon the two morels in the first picture, above. And then things got a little morel crazy.
There were hundreds of them.
Ultimately, we ended up with over 15 pounds of morels – 500+ in all. I’d call that a successful day!
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