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Growing Morel Mushrooms? The how and why of home grown Morels

If this is your first time hearing about morel mushrooms, then you should probably know that they are the most sort after wild mushrooms in the entire world. Yes, you heard that right! Unlike the store mushrooms, this type of mushrooms is not easy to farm. However, with a little guidance, you can actually buy morel spores and grow them at home. What do I mean? Well, stick around and you’ll find out more…

For years, chefs, mushroom enthusiasts and everyone looking for these tasty plants had to wait till spring to harvest them in the forest. That’s because they are only known for growing in the wild. More importantly, morel mushrooms are symbiotic. So, they will only grow on other complex trees.

Throughout this time, scientists have never been able to agree on how many types of mushrooms are there in the world. But, that doesn’t change the fact that the morel mushrooms are delicious and sweet, does it? ....Nope!

That said, this article will help you understand the morel mushroom. The best part is that you will also get the chance to explore some of the delicious recipes out there. Additionally, there’s a section on how to grow these plants in mushroom growing bags. So, let’s dive in…

What does Morel Mushrooms look like?

One thing’s certain, the morel mushrooms vary in appearance, shape and size. From bulbous to oblong in shape and from blonde to gray. So how do we know that this is a morel mushroom? Well, there most distinctive description is that they look like a honeycomb on the exterior.

In most cases, the outside ‘combs’ can either be loose or tight. In the end, they form an imperfect shape. On the other hand, the inside of these plants is white and hollow. It has a bit of a rough texture when you feel it in your hands. This plant also has a stem that joins to the base of the honeycomb. Remember this part since it will help you distinguish a morel mushroom from fake ones. Now let’s get to the fun part-cooking! But first, here are a few tips you need to know about.

Tips when cooking morel mushrooms

  • The small-sized morel mushrooms can be easily cooked whole. While on the other hand, you can halve or chop the larger ones.

  • Just like most of the wild mushrooms, the morels also don’t toxins. But don’t panic. The toxins in this mushroom are not deadly. However, don’t eat them raw because it will likely upset your stomach. The best thing is to cook them for at least 15 minutes which will help to get rid of the toxins.

Cooking Morel Mushrooms

Simply put, there are several variations to which you can follow when cooking this fungus. You can either roast, sautéed, stuff, or even fry them. That’s entirely your choice. All in all, we’ve made your work easily by compiling some of the best cooking recipes for you.

  1. Morel and Asparagus Risotto

Both morel and asparagus are usually in season at the same time during spring. Risotto is the best way to enjoy both flavours while still maintain the original taste of both ingredients.

You will need to have:

  • Chicken stock

  • Olive oil

  • Unsalted butter

  • Fresh morel mushrooms

  • Asparagus

  • Shallot minced

  • Dry white wine

  • Cheese

  • Parsley

  • Black paper, grounded

Start by placing the chicken stock on a saucepan then bring it to simmer. Next, add two teaspoons of olive oil and a single teaspoon of butter then heat it on a large saucepan. After that, add the asparagus and morel mushrooms and let them sauté until they are tender for 4 minutes. Afterwards, transfer the content.

Again heat two teaspoons of olive oil and a spoon of butter on the same saucepan. Then add the shallot and let it heat for about a minute until it softens. Add rice until it starts to roast then add the wine and let it heat until it evaporates. Next, add a half a cup of stock onto the rice and let it heat for about 12 minutes. Then stir in the mushroom and the asparagus for about 3 minutes.

Remove the rice of the heat and then add 2 teaspoons of butter, parsley and cheese. Season in black pepper and salt. Then you can garnish with vinegar and add more olive oil into it before serving.

  1. Creamy Mushroom Grits

This is a fairly easy recipe and it the best way to eat grits. Here are some of the supplies you will need to pull off this dish:

  • 1 cup of white corn grits

  • chicken flavoured broth

  • Whole milk about 3 cups

  • Parmesan cheese

  • And of course, morel mushrooms

Take the grits and place them in a bowl of water. Then let them soak in for about 8 hours. The best way is to let them soak in overnight. Remove the debris from the top of the water then rinse the remaining mix.

Boil the broth to the saucepan and remove it from the heat. Add in the grit gradually as you stir then add the mushrooms and decrease the heat. At the same time, cover and stir occasionally until the grits turn to be soft and creamy. That’s around 50 or so minutes later. Add the parmesan cheese and let it melt.

  1. Wild Morel Mushroom Sauce

This is the best sauce that will go well over grilled meat for instance beef medallions or veal. You will need:

  • Butter

  • Chopped shallots

  • Portobello mushrooms

  • Crimini mushrooms

  • Shiitake mushrooms

  • Morel Mushrooms

  • Red wine

  • Beef demi-glace,

  • Black pepper, grounded

Start by melting in the butter on a saucepan using medium heat. Then sauté the shallots before stirring in all the mushrooms together. Continue to sauté the mix for about 3 minutes. Next pour in the red wine and let it simmer for about three minutes. At the demi-glace and let it simmer for about five minutes till the sauce thickens then serve while hot.

Now you are ready to make a morel mushroom dish of your own. You can choose from any of the above choices. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

How to Grow Morel Mushroom?

I’m sure you are probably wondering how can you grow this wild morel mushroom, right? Growing the morel mushrooms especially in mushroom grow bags is not a simple walk in the park.

In fact, for a long while, scientists didn’t know how to grow the morel mushrooms. They didn’t understand what soil type to use, weather conditions and even the care routines. More importantly, it was not until 1982 that the first scientist successfully grew a morel mushroom. A few years down the line, China was able to grow about 6000 morel mushrooms in an acre of land. This changed the game completely.

So, what do you need to grow morel mushrooms in your backyard? For starters, you will need our morel growing kit. This is a well-equipped morel mushroom kit that will help you grow your first mushroom plants from any part of your backyard. With this kit, once you buy morel spores, then it’s an easy process from there. Meaning, you don’t have to deal with the expensive morel mushrooms in your local grocery store.

Common growing problems

There are a few challenges you are likely to face while growing morel mushrooms. Some of them include:

  • Lack of enough moisture: typically for morel mushrooms to grow, they need a moist environment. Use a misting system to help curb the moisture problem.

  • Incorrect temperature: the best temperature that will suit the growth of your mushrooms is between 55 and 590F

  • Excess moisture: when the moisture is above optimum, it may encourage the growth of molds and bacteria which will eventually affect the growth of the morels

Why are Morel Mushrooms so expensive?

The biggest reason why these mushrooms are expensive is the fact that most people do not know how to grow them. It’s difficult to replicate the conditions that morel mushroom need to grow especially the part where these fungus needs to have a symbiotic relationship with a different plant. Luckily, our morel growing kit takes care of that.

On a normal occasion, it means that every single plant that you buy in the local grocery store was hand-picked in its natural environment. Above all, there is a high chance that whoever picked it travelled a long distance to get to where these specimens grow. With that in mind, you should understand why these fungi are a bit pricey.

To wrap it up…

As you can see, once you can grow morel mushrooms in your backyard, you will be able to save up on your shopping bills. That’s all thanks to our morel mushroom kits. On top of that, you can even grow them in mushroom grow bags. If you loved this article, stick around for more interesting facts on the same.


  • Isaiah

    Hmm… I thought it is easier to grow them but you can easily go wrong with too much moisture or too little. I mean, how do you even realize how to stay within that optimal range?

  • Connor

    Well, I didn’t know morel mushrooms were only successfully grown in 1982. I wasn’t expecting them to be such a “new” thing. Seeing as they aren’t the easiest things to grow, it makes sense we didn’t figure it out for a long time. But I’m glad we eventually did because these little mushrooms are delicious.

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