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Morel Mushrooms Popping Up in Johnson County
JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- With spring warming up, Iowan’s favorite fungi are popping up in the corridor. The morel mushroom hunting season changes every year, depending on the weather, but officials with the Department of Natural Resources say soil temperatures and weather conditions are just right for morels.
“This is typically the time of year that people start finding them,” said Joe Wilkinson, DNR Spokesperson.
Experts say to look near dead trees or mossy ground, but sometimes it just comes down to getting lucky. “You can stumble onto them, or you can employ all the science you want, but it’s still pretty much a matter of luck and location,” said Wilkinson.
The Sherry family of Iowa City is new to morel hunting, but decided to test their luck for Mother’s Day. “It’s just the fun of trying to find them, because they're really hard to see. It seems that once you find one, then all of a sudden you start seeing more of them,” said Wendy Sherry.
The Sherry’s found roughly 40 morels of all sizes in just a couple of hours of searching outside Lake Macbride. “It’s nice. Especially today, being a gorgeous day. It's fun to be outside, and enjoy the weather,” said Wendy.
The DNR says folks do confuse other kinds of mushrooms for morels, so make sure you know what you have before you try to eat them.