|Photo courtesy of Minnesota Morelfest Facebook Page |
|Morels are one of the mushrooms most commonly harvested by amateur foragers |
Every spring, local mushroom enthusiasts become giddy with anticipation. Morel season, which starts around Mother's Day, gets amateur foragers out into the woods, in hopes of coming across mother lodes of this fungi, prized especially by chefs. If they gather many, many mushrooms, they may get a notion to sell them to those chefs or to grocers. This practice has been widely accepted as an "under the table" transaction, and most involved never thought too much about it.
But everybody knows that the wrong mushrooms can be dangerous, and in some cases even deadly. It stands to reason then, that entities such as the Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture would like to gain some measure of control over the practice. The question is: How much knowledge is enough knowledge for the amateur forager?
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