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Morel Mushrooms: Hello! Morel of the Week begins in seriousness in northern Illinois

Kyle Danhausen’s texting on Friday signaled a serious start to morel mushroom season in northern Illinois.

A sign of the times, a lone morel mushroom found by Kyle Danhausen last week. Provided photo
A sign of the times, a lone morel mushroom found by Kyle Danhausen last week.
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Kyle Danhausen texted on Friday a photo of a lone morel mushroom poking up with one word, “Hello!”

An hour later, he texted a bowl with six morels soaking in water.

“Hello!” indeed.

With the warming and dampness this week, it is time.

Kyle Danhausen started his morel season last week. Photo provided
Kyle Danhausen started his morel season last week.
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MOTW, the celebration of foraging for morel mushrooms in spring, runs Wednesdays in the Sun-Times as warranted. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com).