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Morel Mushrooms

 

 

Morel

 

Morel
Scientific classification
Domain:Eukaryota
Kingdom:Fungi
Division:Ascomycota
Subdivision:Pezizomycotina
Class:Pezizomycetes
Order:Pezizales
Family:Morchellaceae
Genus:Morchella
Species
Morchella angusticeps

Morchella conica
Morchella costata
Morchella crassipes
Morchella elata
Morchella esculenta
Morchella gigas
Morchella semilibera
Morchella spongiola
Morchella spongiola var. dunensis
Morchella vulgaris
Morchella sp. MA4SSI73
Morchella sp. UC 1475091

The morel is a famed type of edible cup fungus. The morel produces a highly porous ascocarp, greatly prized by gourmet cooks.

The best known morel is the Morchella deliciosa, which is commonly known as just morel. Other types include Morchella esculenta, Morchella elata, Morchella semilibera, and Morchella vulgaris.

The morel is the state mushroom of Minnesota.

When gathering morels, care must be taken to distinguish them from the poisonous False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta).


The morel grows abundantly in the years following forest fires.

 


 


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