(various species)

These superb edibles are some of the first mushrooms to fruit in the early spring. They are often found growing near Tulip Poplar, Apple, and dead or dying Ash and Elm. Morels are some of the most highly sought-after mushrooms, as well as the most expensive! They have a very distinct flavor that marries really well with cream, but they can also be used like any other mushroom.

Fiddleheads or Ostrich Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris)

Fiddleheads are the young fronds of the Ostrich Fern (as well as several other edible varieties). They exhibit a wonderful vegetable flavor, similar to snap peas. Care should be taken to verify the species, as some ferns are poisonous. Look for specimens that have a brown papery sheath, rather than white fuzz.

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Check out my blog for a great recipe! Pasta with a creamy morel sauce will delight your tastebuds!

Now offering private mushroom hunts!
$75 for a 2-hour hunt with up to five people, including one laminated mushroom ID card and mesh mushroom collecting bag per person. Hunts may be done on your own property or at West Branch State Park. Feel free to send me an email if interested!


TheMushroomHunter.com is dedicated to all things mushroom! Here you will find valuable information about hunting mushrooms and other wild edibles. Browse the videos for helpful how-tutorials, or find out about your favorite shrooms on the pics and info page. Be sure to check out the art page for bumper stickers (and other stuff coming soon)! Visit my blog for up-to-date posts about which mushrooms (or other wild foods) are in season here in Ohio, and where to find them!

Based in the Northeast Ohio city of Kent, TheMushroomHunter.com is maintained by me, Don King, an avid mushroom hunter and grower. I hope that my passion for mushrooms and other wild foods will inspire you to join me in the hunt!


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At Fungi Perfecti, mushroom expert Paul Stamets has a slew of mushroom books and mushroom growing supplies



Check out my newest video!  

Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) growing from an Oak in Asheville, North Carolina

Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina


My daughter Jenna with some beautiful Crown-tippped Coral Mushrooms (Clavicorona pyxidata) Purple Coral Mushroom (Alloclavaria purpurea)
Found in West Branch State Park, Ravenna, Ohio
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