Hunted across the globe where they thrive in nutrient-poor soil left by forest fires, Morels are used in recipes for their smoky, nutty, and earthy flavor. Weighing about half that of fresh, these Dried Morel Mushrooms (Morchella deliciosa) are of the most-prized white species and hunted in the Pacific Northwest. To reconstitute, simply submerge in a small bowl of water for approximately 15 minutes. The remaining water or ‘tea’ is full of flavor and can be used in sauces or soups.
Suggestions: Dried Morel Mushrooms are best used reconstituted in soups, stuffing, or sauces. As with all dried mushrooms, when measuring what the recipe calls for, remember they don’t weigh as much as fresh. Great to use when making a stuffing to serve with a Whole Rabbit!
About Morel Mushrooms
Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible sac fungi closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi in the order Pezizales (division Ascomycota). These distinctive fungi have a honeycomb appearance, due to the network of ridges with pits composing their cap. Morels are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly in French cuisine. Due to difficulties in cultivation, commercial harvesting of wild morels has become a multimillion-dollar industry in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, in particular North America, Turkey, China, the Himalayas, India, and Pakistan, where these highly prized fungi are found in abundance.
Typified by Morchella esculenta in 1794, the genus has been the source of considerable taxonomical controversy throughout the years, mostly with regard to the number of species involved, with some mycologists recognizing as few as three species and others over thirty. Current molecular phylogenetics suggest there might be over seventy species of Morchella worldwide, most of them exhibiting high continental endemism and provincialism.
The genus is currently the focus of extensive phylogenetic, biogeographical, taxonomical, and nomenclatural studies and several new species have been described from Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, North America, Spain, and Turkey.
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