Found Food: Urban Morels
1 Nov 08
|The last thing you'd expect to see -- edible wild mushrooms growing in an urban setting.|
|Thriving among the weeds and fallen leaves wild morel mushrooms.|
|In the wild, Morels are often found in burned-over areas within redwood forests.|
|But occasionally they can be found growing in urban settings too.|
|The reason why can be found in the wood chip dressing spread by the gardeners.|
|Burnt forest debris is often converted into wood chips and sold commercially.|
|Sacks of wood chips often contain a variety of wild mushroom spores.|
|Morels are one of the most tasty, sought after wild mushrooms found in North America.|
|Growing in an urban setting is not likely to affect the morel's edibility,
but use good judgement when collecting.
|If you compare the size of commercially sold morels to those found growing wild,|
|you'll note a remarkable difference in size and quality.|
|So the next time you're hurrying across campus to a meeting,|
|Take time to notice what's growing in the grass or amid the wood chips along the walkways.
You just might stumble upon what's for dinner!
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