Friday, April 01, 2005

Sweet Jesus I Love Spring

Morel fucking mushrooms Posted by Hello

This is why I do what I do for a living and why I am so blessed to have the job that I have. When I come into work in the afternoon I can go into the walkin and see not one but TWO lexans like the one shown above filled with some of the most expensive mushrooms on the fucking planet. If you're counting that's twenty pounds of morels. Twenty pounds. The first harvest of the year is going for about $25 bucks a pound, so you do the math.

Morels...they only happen once a year, in early spring. They grow all over the northern half of our country from coast to coast, preferring deciduous forests. The morel is, relatively speaking, a young organism: it evolved from yeast only about 100,000 years ago, and mycologists say that the morel is right now in the middle of it's evolution. Mushrooms are characteristically soft and flexible, and their spores break away freely with the breeze to land on the forest floor nearby and make more mushrooms. Not so with the morel: it is a delicate, almost brittle mushroom, and it's cap is covered with dimples and cavities that trap it's spores and don't allow for widespread reproduction, hence it's rarity. There are other mycological oddities that these mushrooms possess which I don't fully comprehend, but I think it's about as exciting as a fungus can be.

So in many ways, the morel is an imperfect organism. An imperfect creation, still in it's adolescence, that people pay exhorbitant amounts of money to imbibe. And I get to eat for free.