Scientific name: Morchella Esculenta
About Morels mushroom:
Morels are the most desired wild mushrooms with various colors have been found in San Fransisco, Canada, China, Turkey, India and Europe. They grow on meadows, orchids in July/ August time. Morels are the reproductive organs of underground mycelium. They are blonde gray color with meaty texture. Morels grow in soil, contains significant amount of Iron, copper, Vitamin D, Potassium and Calcium.
Description of Morels:
This fungi has a honeycomb appearance due to network of ridges with their caps. Their shape can be bulbous and slippery, slimy texture. The inside of Morel’s is hollow and the outside is whitish. The base of the cap can join to whitish stems. The morels are delicious and nutritious. They are meaty texture and nutty flavour. They are exotic look and expensive. Morels contain the all kinds of nourishments and nutrients such as vitamin, protein, calcium and magnesium.
This mushroom is stored in refrigerator about a week. The mushroom is kept in dry environment and air circulating atmosphere.
Taste and use:
They are edible when the mushrooms are cooked and not be eaten raw because they have a toxic substance. Morels are most delicious when it prepared and recommended sauté with butter. Raw morels are toxic so must be cooked before eating and served with omelette, egg, chicken. They are used as dried with all mushroom dishes, stews. They can sometimes mushy, so they are best frozen after steaming or frying. When you dry the mushrooms, flavour increased like roasted nuts. When it is dried in the sun, it absorbs vitamin D that is the necessary item for human body. It has woody aroma flavour. There are some Morel recipes – wild mushroom risotto, Morel mushroom soup, Fillet steak with morel mushroom, Morel cracker crumb fry, Stuffed morels.
Nutrients value of Morels (100 grams):
- Energy 31 cal
- Fat 0.6 g
- Sodium 21 mg
- Sugar 0.6 g
- Protein 3.1 g
- Fiber 2.8 g
- Vitamin A 0%
- Calcium 4 %
- Iron 68 %