Spring is now complete with the arrival of St Georges and Morels

A basket of spring joy, St Georges mushrooms and Thimble morels.The Morels are not in fact Morels but Verpas, edible after careful preparation but not choice. This family also known as False morels. All morels must be cooked and False morels such as all Verpas  like the ones pictured above and the Gyromitra family also called False morels should be pre boiled, water discarded and boiled once again in fresh water,then they are ready to use. Inhalation of the vapors whilst cooking is very poisonous and as dangerous as eating them raw. Always cook in a well ventilated room and do not breath in steam!!

These Thimble morels are found in chalk soil and often under Hawthorn.

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