The Roberts kids, Hailey, 7, and Lucas, 11, show off the morel mushrooms their uncle found in his back yard near Mendon. Before cooking, mushrooms need to be soaked overnight in salt water. Wild mushrooms are home to tiny insects and dirt, so soaking in important. Never eat wild mushrooms raw.
There are more than 2,000 types of wild mushrooms in Ohio. Some are poison. Some aren't, and those are the ones that get people of all ages out in early spring searching for morchella, otherwise known as morel or sponge mushrooms. [More