WA Cascade Range Morel Forage with Dan Parhaniemi
Among the world’s most recognizable fungi are morel mushrooms. Morels are highly regarded by chefs and mycophiles worldwide for their earthy aroma and excellent texture. For a few short weeks these incredible mushrooms appear in the high elevation habitats of Washington's Cascade Mountains. Some of the most popular morels to hunt appear the year after wildfire in enormous numbers and while many hunters are drawn to the giant flushes of burn morels, there is a more mysterious group of species that associate with living trees; mountain naturals. Mountain naturals can be very challenging to hunt, as they often hide in plain sight. An intimate knowledge of the plants, trees, and fungi that share this habitat is integral to understanding where and when to find mountain natural morels. Join me in discovering the ecology of this beautiful mountain landscape and in learning some of the habitat complexities that these mountain natural morels prefer.
This forage will take place near Salmon La Sac, WA. An exact location and further detail will be included in an email to participants one week prior to the forage.
This workshop is open to all adults 16 yrs & over, who are prepared to hike all day (rain or shine) on uneven terrain, off-trail. This is not a suitable workshop for those with health conditions that may be triggered by hiking, carrying a backpack, or being outside for 5+ hours in variable weather conditions. Finding morels or other edible mushrooms is not guaranteed. A high level of education, however, is guaranteed! Please leave dogs at home. No previous experience necessary. A detailed packing list is included in the confirmation email, and info about our foraging location will be provided 5 days prior to the workshop date.
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