For a few weeks beginning in mid-April, Harmonie State Park is a popular destination for hunting Morel mushrooms. Easily identifiable, Morels are one of the safest wild mushrooms to hunt and eat.
Besides Morels, the park is home to several other edible or medicinal species, including Oyster, Turkey Tail, Chicken of the Woods, Chanterelles, Black Trumpets, Lion’s Mane, and Maitake, also known as Hen of the Woods. Morels and chanterelles are particularly prized for their flavor; Oyster mushrooms and Chicken of the Woods have tastes similar to their names. Maitake mushrooms taste good, but are better known for their medicinal properties. Legitimate medical studies have found them to be helpful in regulating diabetes and fighting cancers. Continue reading