‘Morel’ enthusiasts get ready for online class

Morel Mushrooms found in wooded area. Morels are type of spring wild mushroom with meaty texture with nutty flavor. (Photo: iStock - Sergey-AND-Marina)

K-State Research and Extension, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, is offering online classes to help people earn the necessary approval to sell wild morel mushrooms.

Morel mushrooms grow in the wild but can be hard to find. For that reason, they are highly favored among chefs and mushroom enthusiasts. False morels include a number of species that look similar but are actually poisonous.

The classes are intended to help ensure that wild harvested mushrooms sold as morels in the state of Kansas are safe to consume. The classes will be offered online through Zoom twice on March 21, the first class from noon to 1 p.m., and a second class from 6 to 7 p.m.

Registration for the classes is now open at https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/foodsafety and costs $5. Participants will receive the Zoom link for the training after registering.