A Sunday afternoon morel hunt that actually yielded some real wild specimens ? woohooooooo ?
We’re not sure which species these are yet… they may be Morchella esculenta or M. vulgaris, which are frequently found in the UK, whilst others believe these *might* be the sand dune specialist, M. dunensis, previously categorised as a coastal-habitat variant of M. esculenta but is now deemed a distinct species, however it’s usually Mediterranean in distribution (so… I’m getting one of these DNA tested by some top morel people shortly to find out for sure!)
Truly wild morels simply don’t crop up in the Leeds area as our soil is rather acidic (many types of morel prefer alkaline substrate such as chalk, sand or limestone soils)
So I have to travel if I want any chance of finding any, other than imported in on commercial bark-chipping mulch on urban flowerbeds (all my personal finds to date have been on woodchip in towns, not that I’m complaining!)
Well chuffed ♡
Another species to add to my ‘edible fungi found, tried & not died’ list ??