Morchella deliciosa

Morchella deliciosa, Zagori, Greece

Morchella deliciosa is a species of edible fungus in the family Morchellaceae. It is a widespread species that is characterized by having white ridges, at least when young.
They are found growing in the mountain of Mitsikeli, in the Zagori region in Epirus, under fir trees or in small meadows a midst the fir trees from March to May.

It is one of the most tasty and sought after mushrooms but must be well cooked before eaten!

General information about morels

Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. The ascocarps are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt.