This area is known for its hunting, most of which requires a gun and license, but what’s in season now only requires your hands, a sack and a good eye.
Most people are aware it is mushroom hunting season and despite the wet weather, there are still plenty to be found. The best time to find the big ones is the last week of April and the first week of May, someone said.
If you haven’t yet been mushroom hunting, don’t give up.
Some mushrooms can be found up until about June 2. Morels are the edible mushroom to keep your eye out for. Morels are defined as “an edible fungus”. If the definition doesn’t make your mouth water, just fry up a mess and then see what happens.
First you wash them, then soak them in salt water for two or three hours (even a soak in water overnight in the refrigerator). After that, drain the mushrooms, and roll them in flour and fry.
To better your chances of dining on mushrooms, start by looking in the best place, which according to the experts is the woods.
Mushrooms can best be described as looking for honeycombs.
There are many types of mushrooms. So, if you aren’t sure what you’ve found is a morel, don’t take a chance by eating it without checking with someone who’s familiar with mushrooms.
A forest ranger once quoted – “When in doubt, throw it out”.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.