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It’s a miracle

Story by Theresa Curry
AGratefulSeason.com

In abandoned orchards and in secret spots often guarded jealously by families, people are gathering morels, the distinctive mushrooms that pop up literally overnight after a spring rain. They’re often called “merkels” because these meaty and indescribable delicacies are stars among the thousands of miracles of spring in the mountains. Veteran hunters swear that finding a dead elm tree is the key to a morel bonanza. There’s a website for devoted morel hungers with tips for finding, cooking and storing.

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