The Mysterious Mushroom That Only Grows in Burn Scars – Gastro Obscura

Morels growing through the ashes.

Fire morels, which Steinruck says have a mild smokiness to them, are more finicky than naturals. Depending on location, they sprout only in the spring following a prescribed burn or wildfire. Morels have a quirky and understudied lifecycle, which makes farming them on a large scale difficult.

For eager mycophiles, foraging is often the best option. Since last year saw about 6.2 million acres burned by wildfires in the western United States, foragers projected 2022 to be a prolific fire morel season.

 

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