Black Morel
(Morchella elata)
Black Morel
Black Morel sculpture

Black Morel

Sculpture, acrylic paint by "Wildman"

The whitish stalk is 2-4 inches long, 3/4 to 1-5/8 inches thick.

It grows on the ground in coniferous or mixed coniferous and hardwood forests, in sandy soil, and in recently burnt areas. Look for it in the spring. It grows throughout North America.

This narrow, elongated morel has an irregular cap with a conical to oval shape, 3/4 to 1-5/8 inches wide, 3/4 to 2 inches high. Its horizontal and vertical ribs are black or dark gray, with long, yellow-brown pits in between.

Whether it's part of a complex of closely related species or 1 species, it makes for great eating, and it's the first morel to appear in the spring.