Look out for morel mushroom

2015-07-21 06:00

I’m a Rondebosch-based mushroom forager and fungi researcher in need of some knowledge and/or advice from Fish Hoek residents who may have spotted an extremely rare mushroom growing in the valley.

The morel mushroom is highly sought-after for its excellent taste and is extremely rare to find in Cape Town.

Research has led me to believe that Fish Hoek was once a hotspot for foraging wild morels, but this is going back over 50 years.

The morel is brown-yellow, shaped like a small conical brain and usually pops up in spring when the ground warms up, at least in the northern hemisphere it does.

They have been known to pop up after fires and are believed to be mycorrhizal, meaning that they grow under certain trees – in this case oak, ash, elm and apple orchards.

I am curious as to whether they are still around.

Finding one, or a patch of them, would be quite a discovery.

Any information about these mushrooms and their last seen location would be highly appreciated.

I wish to find them and collect samples, as to preserve their spores for future propagation around the city. Eating them is undoubtedly a bonus!

Please email me at justin@hsm.co.za if you know anything of this rare fungus that grew in Fish Hoek

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