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Morel mushroom hunting stays a popular activity in Iowa

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Well, it is that time of year when folks all over the state and the Midwest go out and search for the elusive little fungus, we all know as the morel mushroom. I had the chance to join one Iowa family earlier this week to find out what is so special about those little mushrooms.

I had the chance to go out mushroom hunting with Edie and Jess Lozinski and their children. They took me out to what they consider to be their hot spot for getting those morel mushrooms. And the first thing I had to ask was what makes this adventure so appealing for everybody to go out and go crazy over these mushrooms every spring.

Jess said that she’s been mushroom hunting her whole life since she was a little kid. After she married Ed, she got him hooked on the activity as well.

Now before you just go running out into the woods, there are a few things you need to know and some etiquette you need to follow when you’re out morel mushroom hunting and unexplained. First, it comes down to having the proper equipment for gathering those mushrooms.

And for those of you who might be interested in going after these morel mushrooms, you might be asking yourself, “Where do I need to look in the first place?” Well, it’s kind of hard to give a definitive answer but Ed and Jess give you a few options on what to look for.

It’s fun for the whole family and even little kids can get involved when they know what they’re looking for. And they find just as much thrill as adults do when they find that elusive morale. In fact, sometimes they’re better at it than we are because they’re closer to the ground. On a side note, after only going out once or twice in my life. I found my first morel mushroom on this trip with Ed and Jess. It is safe to say that I am hooked as well.