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MORELS

Morel mushrooms are sometimes called sponge mushrooms and appear in April in Central Illinois. Many regard them as a delicacy. Identification can be easy regarding their shape and appearance, though false morels look similar and are often classified as poisonous.

It is the University of Illinois policy NOT to identify wild mushrooms for the purpose of eating.

Many mushrooms are similar in appearance to each other, even though some may be poisonous and others edible. Identification can only be achieved through spore testing, which takes time and makes the mushroom past prime for eating.

For identification, refer inquiries to local hospitals or the Regional Poison Control Center in Rockford.

A good mushroom reference is the Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms. However, it should only serve as a reference and not an absolute authority.

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