Morel Mushroom

Minnesota State Mushroom

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Morel mushroom

Morel mushroom photo by Thomas & Dianne Jones on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). 

Morel Mushroom

Minnesota designated the morel mushroom (morchella esculenta) as the official state mushroom in 1984. These delicious mushrooms are cone-shaped with pitted, spongy heads and are considered a rare delicacy by mushroom hunters. Morel mushrooms are creamy tan or shades of brown and gray (they darken as they age) and are found more commonly in southeastern Minnesota than in other parts of the state.

Morel mushrooms grow from the soil through the leaf mat (usually in the spring in fields and forests) and grow two to six inches high.

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Images

Morel mushroom; photo by sean dreilinger on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Morel mushroom