At Oregon Mushrooms, we annually search for and harvest fresh morel mushrooms to fulfill seasonal orders, as well as for drying and powdering purposes. The fresh wild morel mushroom season typically spans from March to July in Oregon. For a year-round supply of morels, our dried morel mushrooms are unbeatable. These gourmet mushrooms are of excellent quality, picked and dried on the same day. They reconstitute well and can be readily added to stews, soups, sauces, and even used as pizza toppings.
Oregon Mushrooms offers the finest dried mushrooms from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. These highly prized mushrooms are known by various names like pinecone mushroom, sponge mushroom, and morchella, but they are all morels. The fresh morels are available from late March or early April through August (sometimes ending in July), which is why our pinecone mushrooms are available for an extended period. Throughout the season, various edible kinds of morels grow, such as grey morels, natural morels, green morels, black morels, conica morels (also called burn morels), and blonde morels (morchella esculenta). However, we cannot dry the blondes due to their short season and high demand.
Some people refer to our domestic dehydrated morel mushrooms as sponge mushrooms or pinecone mushrooms because of their shape and color, resembling pinecones, making them challenging to spot. Trained eyes are essential to locate them, though kids are often good at finding them due to their proximity to the ground. Sizes of reconstituted morels vary, ranging from 1/2 inch to 3 inches tall. If you have specific size preferences, kindly mention them in the shopping cart; otherwise, you'll receive a mix of sizes.
To reconstitute the dried morels, soak them in 4 cups of cold water or liquid per ounce for 30 minutes or overnight. Once fully reconstituted, strain the mushrooms through a coffee filter or paper towel and save the liquid for your recipes or future use. Rinse the morels well to remove any debris, pat them dry, and they are ready to be used in your dishes.
Please note that raw consumption of morels is not recommended. Additionally, exercise caution when consuming alcohol with morels, as it may cause gastrointestinal upset in some individuals.
Lastly, the fresh to dried ratio is approximately 6 1/2-7 pounds of fresh morels to yield one pound of dried morels.