Morel Mushrooms: A Rare Delicacy Morels are probably the most sought after mushroom by connoisseurs. These jewels of the forest are often found in areas where there has been a forest fire. In fact it has been reported that hillsides have been deliberately set ablaze so the morels will spring up from the ash and embers. There is no mistaking a morel for any other type of mushroom. Dried morels are easily identified by their cone-like appearance with a hollow inside and serious wrinkling. Morels are either almost black or ivory-to-tan in color. Generally picked in the springtime, the morel offers a definite smoky and earthy flavor. These flavors definitely come to the fore in whatever dish they are used.