(various Morchella species)

These superb edibles can be found growing under certain trees. Apple, cherry, pine, sycamore, and tulip poplar are great candidates, as well as dead or dying elm and ash. True morels are completely hollow on the inside, unlike their toxic look alikes, which may have a folded or web-like structure running from the stem to the cap.


(Matteuccia struthiopteris)

Fiddleheads refer to the edible unfurled fronds of the Ostrich Fern. These can be identified by their brown, papery sheath, traces of which remain even as they unfurl. They also possess a deep ridge that runs the length of the inside of each frond. One should be careful to harvest less than half of any given cluster, which will ensure the future health of the plant.


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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!
The cost is $25 per person for a 2-hour hunt (3 person minimum), and includes one laminated mushroom ID card 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!


Check out these other great mushroom-related sites:

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The Ohio Morels Message Board provides real-time posts by fellow mushroom hunters

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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