Fresh morel mushrooms, wild foraged in the Pacific Northwest for a limited season. With their distinctive shape and honeycombed caps, morels are one of the most recognizable of the wild edibles. Prized among the Morchella genus, these dark “burn morels” grow in the wake of forest fires. Morel mushrooms are a source of passion and culinary wonder, inspiring recipes, and annual festivals across the U.S. Part of what makes morels so beloved is the fact that they can be rare and hard to find. Known as a chef’s mushroom, their opulent, earthy flavor lends itself to wonderful, rich sauces. You may also enjoy morels simply sautéed with butter and a splash of wine to finish. Morel season begins in spring, and they are found in diminishing quantities throughout the summer. As the season progresses, the characteristics of the morel develop and change in interesting and compelling ways.