Team Morel LLC(John and Theresa Maybrier) was created to promote everything about and for morel mushrooms. As professional morel outfitters we provide the best morel products available to the public, we teach about morel hunting through seminars, guided hunts, books, DVD’s, articles and our web site. We are in the field picking morels twelve to fifteen weeks out of the year, using this experience to help bring you better morel finding information. We have hunted eighteen states and all the southern provinces of Canada. It is our lifelong goal to hunt in every one of the United States of America.
The rest of the time we are creating new products, writing new material, testing new ideas, studying morels..
Since 1999 we (Theresa and John Maybrier) have been outfitters, taking nearly a thousand people in the field to teaching them to mushroom hunt. Thousands more have enthusiastically attended the many seminars Team Morel has given throughout the Midwest. We have been published in outdoor magazines across the country and written about in many more. We have been on television and radio promoting morels
This year we are happy to announce the work of new friends who will construct this new website and maintain it, who will travel and work the sport show circuit with us, who are helping us get our second (and expanded) edition of our book out and provide you, our customers, with better service and information.
Thank you for growing with us.
Mushroom hunting is a naturally GREEN hobby. It is our intention in the upcoming years to help focus on this issue. Our products are all going GREEN. Using the mesh collection Spore Bag™ year after year will not only help return spore (seed) back into the environment but it is a GREEN product when used this way. Morels are picked by hand, naturally without use of machines, engines, etcetera, therefore, picking them is a naturally GREEN thing to do. Our product labels are being packaged with recycled materials whenever possible, safety to our customers comes first. The expanded version of our book is being printed on recycled paper. Whenever and wherever we can go GREEN we will.
It has always been our goal to teach people to hunt for morels on public ground with respect to nature and the environment. Morels are essential fungi in forest management. We will continue to educate about the proper ways to hunt and preserve morels with regard to the environment.
It is our goal to promote everything morel, products, information, resources.
Morels are the easiest to identify, safest to pick and eat of all the wild mushrooms.
Morel mushrooms have been picked from the wild and sold throughout the world by distributors for over fifty years. Three to five million pounds of morels are harvested annually and are sold through distributors. Restaurants regularly offer morels on their menus. Retailers, including grocery stores offer dried morels year round. (Meijer’s, Hen House, etc.)
Over twelve million people annually hunt for morels.
There have been NO deaths associated with true morel mushrooms.
When Domino’s Pizza Distribution Co. grew and distributed morels they investigated the liability issues. The legal group of Pear, Sperling, Muscovitz et al, located in the Ann Arbor (MI) Domino’s headquarters was completely satisfied with the safety and liability issues concerning morels.
Morels are featured every Spring on television by nationally known chefs such as Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasi and Alton Brown and including famous cooks like Rachael Rae and lesser know regional cooks.
Morel safety is more in how morels are handled than in identification. The true allergic reaction to morels is a gut wrenching, doubled over sick stomach for about twenty four hours. Only a small number of people are truly allergic to morels. More often people mishandle morels or under cook them. Morels, as with all wild mushrooms, should be fully cooked. Because of their innate richness a small quantity should be eaten the first time someone tries them to see how their body responds to them. Over indulgence or improper care will lead to symptoms such as throwing-up, diarrhea, and sick stomach. Morels, as with all wild mushrooms, should be collected in premium condition when the mushrooms are at their peek of freshness. The whiter the stems are the fresher the morels are.
The point is…morels are safe.