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Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby 11090163A » Apr 27th, 2010, 5:50 pm

I went looking the other day around the fintry area near the fires but couldn't find any does anyone know where there's a good spot? I'm not interested in selling I just enjoy them its a prairie tradition in my family

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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby gardengirl » Apr 27th, 2010, 6:17 pm

11090163A wrote:I went looking the other day around the fintry area near the fires but couldn't find any does anyone know where there's a good spot? I'm not interested in selling I just enjoy them its a prairie tradition in my family

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Are those the ones that are cone shaped and look like a sea sponge?
If so, they tend to show up where there has been a forest fire.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby watchkat » Apr 27th, 2010, 6:23 pm

OKanagan Mountain Park used to have lots.......particularly in the first years after the fire.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Tootsie » Apr 27th, 2010, 6:31 pm

Also they can sometimes be found in old growth orchards. Years ago we picked loads of them in Winfield (I think the year before there HAD been some forest fires but not in the Winfield area specifically - I think heard that the spores can travel a long distance ???).
We found that we'd always find more right after a fresh rain - tomorrow might be a good day for them to pop up.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby NAB » Apr 27th, 2010, 6:52 pm

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL - Morel hunters do not share the location of their hunting areas. Don't ask them, it's considered quite rude.

See: http://www.ehow.com/how_2250597_morel-mushrooms.html

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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby gardengirl » Apr 27th, 2010, 7:00 pm

Pssst. There was a fire in Glenrosa last summer...
Actually, it's surprising that you didn't find any in Fintry. Maybe it's just too early.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby kompili » Apr 27th, 2010, 7:27 pm

What do Morel mushrooms sell for now, about 30 or 40 dollars a pound was the price the last time I bought them on a trip down south. Man, I had them in a sauce on Pheasant and it blew my mind. I would love to find some fresh ones. Right now the hunting for asparagus is fantastic. Cream of asparagus soup, just cant get enough.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Queen K » Apr 27th, 2010, 8:40 pm

My Dad would have been with NAB on this one, do not under any circumstances reveal your wild mushroom haunt. Or kill the person you just told, just to be safe.
Please stop bragging on facebook about how great the Okanagan is right now, or they'll want to move here.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby motorhomebabe » Apr 27th, 2010, 9:26 pm

I think its too early. Seems to me they are later in the summer .Hubby and a friend got a haul from the OK muntain fire area ,but that was in the summer
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby unknown » Apr 28th, 2010, 12:24 am

Still too cool and has been too dry. Another few weeks I'd expect. A friend directed me to a spot after the Ok mountain fire and we could have filled barrels, but only brought a few grocery bags. The ground was black with them, and it was a long hard drive up a very nasty road so we never went back. We did get enough for several good feeds. Layed them on a sheet of plywood in the garage with a small fan blowing across them to dry and then kept them in plastic jars with tight lids.

It's not just anywhere but the type of terrain too.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby DANSPEED » Apr 28th, 2010, 2:13 am

I talked to a few French Canadians last summer who were making $180 a day picking cherries which I thought was good money until they told me they can make over $1000 a day picking Morel mushrooms! They said it's a big business, GPS, float planes, hunting at night with lights but added it's been really poor picking for the past four years in BC. So I doubt anyone is going to reveal their spot!
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Cateyes » Apr 28th, 2010, 11:13 am

11090163A wrote:I went looking the other day around the fintry area near the fires but couldn't find any does anyone know where there's a good spot? I'm not interested in selling I just enjoy them its a prairie tradition in my family

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Probably too dry. As soon as overnight temps stay above freezing they will show up if there is moisture.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Cateyes » Apr 28th, 2010, 11:15 am

NAB wrote:DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL - Morel hunters do not share the location of their hunting areas. Don't ask them, it's considered quite rude.

See: http://www.ehow.com/how_2250597_morel-mushrooms.html

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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Cateyes » Apr 28th, 2010, 11:16 am

kompili wrote:What do Morel mushrooms sell for now, about 30 or 40 dollars a pound was the price the last time I bought them on a trip down south. Man, I had them in a sauce on Pheasant and it blew my mind. I would love to find some fresh ones. Right now the hunting for asparagus is fantastic. Cream of asparagus soup, just cant get enough.


If you buy them yea. Pickers only get $5-7 a lb from wholesalers. Some years you can get more depending on supply/demand. With all the fires last year I suspect there will be no shortage of supply.
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Re: Where to find Morel mushrooms in the Okanagan?

Postby Cateyes » Apr 28th, 2010, 11:20 am

bobbie2 wrote:Still too cool and has been too dry. Another few weeks I'd expect. A friend directed me to a spot after the Ok mountain fire and we could have filled barrels, but only brought a few grocery bags. The ground was black with them, and it was a long hard drive up a very nasty road so we never went back. We did get enough for several good feeds. Layed them on a sheet of plywood in the garage with a small fan blowing across them to dry and then kept them in plastic jars with tight lids.

It's not just anywhere but the type of terrain too.


I must have picked over a hundred pounds up there that year. Next year there was nothing! I was eating dried Morels for years.

Apparently the fire sterilizes the ground which encourages the spores to grow. The actual spores are everywhere.
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