|Morchella, aka The Morel Mushroom|
Morchella, aka The Morel Mushroom, is an edible mushroom provided to us by Mother Nature herself. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb, as seen in the featured photograph.
They are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by people every year for their taste and the enjoyment of hiking and hunting for them.
Morels have been called by many names; one such name being merkels or miracles, based on a story of how a mountain family was saved from starvation by eating morels (the spelling of the word "merkel" reflects the pronunciation of the word "miracle" in the Appalachian dialect common to the south). Other common names for morels include sponge mushroom. Morchella is derived from morchel, an old German word for mushroom, while morel itself is derived from the Latin maurus meaning brown. No matter what you choose to call them, I know that once cooked you too will refer to them as delicious. To see for yourself how I like to prepare my cooked morels visit my cooking blog --> http://what-u-got-cookin.blogspot.com/2012/05/delicious-edible-morel-mushroom.html <--