Morel season is here and that means it’s time to get out there and forage for these delicious mushrooms. But before you get too excited, there is one important thing to keep in mind: the False Morel. This mushroom looks similar to the true Morel, but is actually considered potentially fatal and poisonous.
The False Morel is easily identifiable by its brain-like appearance, as well as its wavy ridges on the cap. In contrast, the true Morel has a more phallic appearance, with deep pits along the cap. Additionally, the stem of the False Morel goes through the mushroom to the top of the cap, while the true Morel has a hollow stem.
It’s important to be aware of the False Morel when out foraging for mushrooms, as it can be easy to mistake it for the true Morel. To avoid making this dangerous mistake, it’s important to take the time to properly identify any mushrooms you come across.
Morel season is a great time to get out and enjoy nature, but it’s important to remember that safety should always come first. Be sure to take the time to properly identify any mushrooms you come across, and appreciate the False Morel’s odd appearance from a safe distance.