May Morels in the Midwest

Submitted by daniel on Mon, 05/26/2014 - 00:48

Photo report from a trip to Chicago and Milwaukee in connection with presentations for the Illinois Mycological Association and Wisconsin Mycological Society

 Morchella esculentoides growing in a meadow around a dead elm tree. Easy to spot and waiting to be picked!


Morels in the woods are much harder to spot than in the grass.

Heidi with a nice group of young blond morels.

We had a great time in Chicago with Rebecca Fyffe and her husband Vito. They took us out for morel hunting, the very first flush of the 2014 season.
Heidi and Howard with a couple of morels. How happy they are!
Coprinellus micaceus - Mica cap, edible, but tiny mushrooms.

Pycnoporus cinnabarinus, a cousin of the tropical P. sangineus, that is used to lower fevers in South America


Allium tricoccum - commonly known as ramps. Finally i found the North American cousin of Europe's Bear leek -Allium ursinum a favourite wild green of mine. I ate these leaves all right after the photo shoot. Yummy!

Prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum), now I know the lineage where these red flowering Trilliums in our yard spring from.

Globifomes graveolens, a cool conk!

Prairie, Rebecca's and Vito's daughter with Globifomes. 

Our Chicago morels ready to go in Britt Bunyard's kitchen. Britt cooked up a storm, delicious storm that was, while we were visiting with him and his family. 

Britt Bunyard on the stairs of his home half an hour North of Milwaukee.

Seeing all the Germanic stuff in Milwaukee was quite a trip for me, never sure how to relate to the stereotypes that survive in the New Country, sorry no photo documentation.
As if orchestrated my presentation for Wisconsin Mycological Society was scheduled in New Berlin. 

Britt knows how to put his basement to good use. Fermentation rules!


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