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The hunt is on for morels in Michigan

The hunt is on for morels in Michigan.
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The hunt is on for morels in Michigan.

It’s morel season in Michigan!

May is morel month in Michigan, and people from all over comb the state for the delectable mushrooms.

Phil Tedeschi is president of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club. He leads folks on more than 50 mushroom hunts throughout the year in southeast Michigan, starting with the first mushroom of the season: black and white morels.

Tedeschi has this advice if you're on the hunt for morels:

"If you're looking for black morels, you’ll want to find a young poplar forest. If you’re looking for whites, dead and dying elm tree areas are places to look, old apple orchards are places to look."

Tedeschi said this weekend, which is expected to be a bit cooler and damp, will be a good time to hunt. Just be sure to not pick any of the poisonous mushrooms.

If you find yourself up north, the annual National Morel Mushroom Festival is happening in Boyne City this weekend, May 12 - 15.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.