Morel Progression Map
Morel Mushroom Map Finder
Morel Mushroom Map Finder is an interactive map where you can track where you’re finding morel mushrooms and where others are finding them. You can see as soil temperatures are rising throughout the continental United States that morels are popping up. You can interact with the map below.
Morels pop-up in environments that have received significant amounts of moisture. When soil temperatures average 50 degrees and air temperature reaches the 60s and 70s you can expect to see morel mushrooms grow in southern facing slopes throughout the continental United States.
North America is home to 19 species of morel mushrooms, the most popular are blonde’s, gray’s, and black’s. In the Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, the DNA Based Characterization of Various Morel Species abstract reads , “Morels (Morchella species) are important edible mushrooms belonging to family Helveliaceae. Despite it’s economic and medicinal importance, not much scientific work (especially molecular work) has been done in … the study of morels.”
Morels are often found in burn areas. You can find maps of these areas here.
On April 24, 2016 Charlie Ware of Missouri recently posted a picture of a Bigfoot morel His daughter can be seen holding the megalithic phenomenon below. The mushroom is currently being researched to see if it is a new record holder.
The Missouri Department of conservation has officially released the measurements of the morel. It is 12 inches tall, 4-1/2 inches in diameter, with a 13 inch circumference.
To put the size of the morel in perspective, that’s the same size as a 2 liter bottle.
At this time the Missouri Department of Conservation does not keep records for morels.
If you’re interested in taking your chances at growing the Bigfoot mushroom, you can find a culture here. The website states, “A highly desirable edible species best suited for outdoor cultivation. Areas where morels are found locally are more likely to have success with cultivating morels. We suggest building beds under apple or poplar trees of hardwood chips mixed with spawn, peatmoss, sawdust and gypsum. Very specific conditions of temperature and humidity are required for indoor cultivation, for more information see Growing Gourmet and Medicinal mushrooms by Paul Stamets.”