Saturday, April 16, 2011

Missouri and Mushrooms – Z to A Blogging Challenge

Or, how country folk go crazy in the spring

When the weather turns mild, the trees feather out their leaves, and a warm rain falls, people will brave ticks and charge through Keep Out signs to look for mushrooms, or specifically, morels.

Okay. I am not one of them.

Yes, they are tasty dumped in an egg and cracker batter and fried in butter.And there is a certain thrill in the discovery of a large patch. Then bragging rights can ensue.

But, you people are nuts. First off, there are ticks. TICKS *shiver*. Some are big enough to pick off but others are what we call ‘seed’ ticks, about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

Get a couple hundred of those on you and I guarantee, the dance you do will not require music.

Then if you do find morels and avoid the ticks, you must soak the mushrooms in salt water to get rid of the little mite-thingies.

No thanks. I’ll stick with regular old white cap or Portobello that I can hunt in relative safety at the local grocery store.

But, if you’ve got extra morels lying around, you will let me know, right?


  1. Yeah I am with you. I would not brave the ticks either. Thank you so much for following my blog.

  2. Those mushrooms are very unusual looking. But isn't it usually the really unusual and pretty ones that can be the most deadly. We have lots of deer ticks, which make us wary of the woods.
    Thanks for stopping by my post and for your kind comments. I didn't know you could eat violets? Maybe we're surrounded by a new treat!
    Kathy @ Oak Lawn Images

  3. I used to like mushrooms. :) I agree, I hate ticks ..... hate ticks. I didn't even know about the tiny ones. OMG.
    Wanna buy a duck

  4. I've had my share of ticks...not fun. The mushrooms are lovely though. Like the picture.

  5. The second worse thing about ticks? Finding one stuck to you.
    The WORST THING? Finding one, brushing it off, then losing track of where it went. ACKKKK

    Note: the photo is morel mushrooms that grow wild around here, not deadly and easy to identify. The ones in my photo are actually yard ornaments made of concrete.

  6. Ewwww, ticks! So not worth it. I'll buy my mushrooms in the grocery store, thank you! ;o) Those 'shrooms in the photo sure are pretty, tho!

  7. HA HA at first glance I thought the pic was a tortoise!! Thanks for the follow!

  8. Wonderful post and pic.

    Nice to see you in A to Z blogging challenge.

    I am following this blog from now.
    Please stop by my blog and if you like, follow my blog.

    With warm welcome,

  9. OMGosh, I'm like MJ, when I first saw the picture, I thought it was a turtle...

    Anyway, I'm totally with you, don't like ticks and I'd prefer knowing the mushrooms were completely safe by using the grocery store!

  10. LOL, that's a great post. I'm not in the States but it's the same here. First sign of sun everyone heads for the country with a picnic, sit in a field in a cow-pat, complain about the wasps and then go home again (with poison ivy normally). Thanks for the follow and happy A-Z

  11. Sigh - I do go on, sorry. I just looked at the picture again because comments here said they thought it was a turtle. I thought it was a person squashed by a huge stone and the black and white things were the legs! You mean people EAT those things?

  12. *still laughing*
    @ Lauracea
    That is a Very Large Rock behind the concrete morels and yes, the mushrooms are gourmet cuisine.
    I am not allergic to poison ivy but we have something called Sting weed that feels like a wasp sting if touched.

  13. Haha. This was fun! I wish I was more outdoorsy and I'm attempting to be brave; but at heart I'm more like you, mushrooming from the grocery store.
    My Blog

  14. I remember finding a morel in my neighbor's yard in Virginia when I was little. She was sooo excited and talked about eating it. I just was confused how it go there if she didn't plant it (I was about 4 or 5)

  15. Love this post. My problem aren't the ticks...a good dousing of anti-bug shit usually keep them away but mushrooms are too easy to misidentify in the wild. I'll stick to buying mine.

    I have to ask, what possessed you to do the challenge backwards? I wish I had thought of that.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  16. No. No. No. I don't like mushrooms that much!

    Ellie Garratt


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