Alan's Morel & Ramp Tour
Chef Andrea Reusing
Morel season runs for about a month sometime between March 15th and May 15th. This tour includes taking 30-45 minutes to hike up a 30 percent grade for about a mile. Participants should carry a bag lunch and plan on a four to six-hour trip. Our other tours at this time are three hours, far less strenuous, and not full of poison ivy, but don't necessarily go to places where morels or ramps might be found.
For dates and other details, click "Book a Tour" above. Private tours of this location are also available for groups of four to six (adults only).
This is Alan's one and only secret morel and ramp spot. This secluded cove is located twenty-five minutes north of Asheville, in a 350-acre property held in conservation easement in perpetuity and surrounded by thousands more acres of protected land, including one of the five largest private landholdings in the county. These photos and video are all of this cove and of morels gathered from it over the years.
The late George Stuart, a former editor at National Geographic and perhaps the most prominent Mayan scholar in the world, lived nearby. He said that the pre-Cherokee indigenous people of the area, known to archeologists as the “Pisgah People,” chose as their summer grounds this very cove. Old growth surveyor Josh Kelly asserts that this land, abounding in trillium, bloodroot, bellwort, violets, wild turkey, bobcat, bear, and coyote, is some of the richest he has seen anywhere in the region.
Participants will not be blindfolded on the approach, but those who attempt to return on their own risk getting lost, prosecuted, eaten by bears, or shot.
|blue humpback blister beetle
related to Spanish fly
|seven-eyed guardian at confluence of two springs looks just like participant's Dali tattoo|
Participants are asked to watch their step (lest they tread on nascent "mushrumps" or snakes) and to take no more than a dozen morel per person so that there are some left for others.
Timing is everything: we do not guarantee that we will find ANY mushrooms. Fortunately, there usually at least at least thirty other common edibles to see at this time of year. Remember, foragers can't be choosers!
Those who return unscathed can enjoy their catch of the day that evening at one of Asheville's top restaurants.