Bumper crops of Morels have already been picked this spring. They are one of the most highly prized of all wild fungi and certainly THE MOST highly prized to be found in the spring.
Unusually they are more often found in towns and cities than in the countryside. They favour ground that has been disturbed in the not too distant past, particularly where that disturbance was caused by burning. Bomb sites were once prime hunting grounds but now you might look in your garden or local park at where a bonfire was last held. Woodchip is another favoured habitat so supermarket car parks might for once have something going for them! Woodchip is also frequently used as a mulch in parks and other municipal flower borders.
Once you have found your morels don’t wash them but instead use a light brush to remove the dirt from all the cavities. Cook them in butter and then add to the juices from roasting a chicken. A little sweet white wine is a perfect addition if you have some, then finish the sauce with cream.
St. George’s Mushrooms are so named because they reputedly appear on St. George’s Day (23rd April). However they more often seem to start around 10 days later, in early May, so the fact that they are already being picked this year is very unusual. These fungi are an exception to the generally held belief that anything with white gills should be avoided, but as with any wild mushrooms do make sure you are certain of what you have picked before eating them.