03/31/2011 03:58 pm ET | Updated May 31, 2011

How to Find Morel Mushrooms and Cook Them

It's that time of the year. There have been too many root vegetables eaten, and too many hours spent indoors, or bundled up outside to the point of no-enjoyment. The first green things that come out of the ground are like a mirage at the end of the long winter. Initially, there are ramps, daylilies and fiddlehead ferns and then hidden among the leaves comes the delicious and elusive morel. They are Minnesota's state mushroom, but can be found all over the United States. Hard to mistake for anything poisonous, they are a foolproof treasure hunt... as long as you can find them. Morels are delicious and sell for $50 a pound, but with a little luck and know how, anyone can find them. So watch this video to join seasoned Morel hunter John Ratzloff and myself as we explore and explain how to find and cook morels.

NOTE: Check a reference book (or 2 or 3) before eating any wild mushroom. Despite the fact that morels are easily identifiable, always be safe and sure.

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