Morel mushrooms are delighted to learn that 2017 will be a record breaker for these highly sought after, edible native mushrooms. Reported morel mushrooms in enormous size have sprang forth on the areas burned over in the late 2016 wild fires that ravished much of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Visitors to the national park are allowed to harvest small quantities of morel mushroom. However, the gargantuan size of this spring’s crop of morel mushrooms means that even a single mushroom has the potential to far exceed the quantity. Additionally, despite the obvious difficulties in “picking” the large morel mushrooms this year, power tools such as chainsaws may not be used in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.