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Searching for Morel mushrooms

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

You've probably heard about truffles, but have you heard of morels? They are another type of mushroom that grows around and just outside the Kansas City area, but they can be very hard to find.

KCTV5's Andrew Zimmerman learned about morel hunting from some experts.

"These mushrooms have a unique taste. They have no taste like any other mushroom," Todd Cox said.

"My son doesn't try many things and he was gobbling them down so I had to have one and I've never stopped eating them since," Turelle Williams said.

The three men Zimmerman went out with explained what conditions and areas they look for when morel hunting. They announce a find to one another by yelling "bing!".

"What we are looking for are areas that are slopey with maples and elms," Steve Williams said.

"You look for the ones where the barks are starting to fall off them. They claim the spores come out of those kind of trees," Cox said.

Each man also had his own special way of collecting the mushrooms and offered sage advice.

"They pinch if off, I like to use two hands so, as you can see, the spore is left and there's more bingage for next time around," Turelle Williams said.

"If you are a good mushroom hunter the key is to not tell anyone your spots," Todd Cox said.

One indicator that you've found a good morel is that they are hollow. If not, it could be poisonous.

For more tips about morels and how to hunt them click here.

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