Morels, edible wild mushrooms that are prized for their smoky, nutty flavor, will need thorough washing, since they are riddled with nooks and crannies.
In Season: The wild variety is usually available from April through June. Cultivated morels, on the other hand, are available throughout the year. Dried morels are available year-round and have an even stronger wallop than fresh.
What to Look For: Choose fresh specimens that have a firm yet spongy texture. In general, the darker the mushroom, the stronger the flavor.
How to Store: Fresh mushrooms should be stored with cool air circulating around them. Place them on a tray in a single layer, covered with a damp paper towel and refrigerated for up to three days.