A yellow morel mushroom.

If you plan to harvest morel mushrooms this spring: take note. The Douglas County Extension office warns not to harvest them from previously flooded areas.

The mushrooms’ porous surface makes them too hard to adequately clean. Mushrooms growing in areas that were affected by the widespread flooding should be avoided entirely, even after a suggested 120-day waiting period.

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Sarah Baker Hansen writes restaurant reviews and food stories for the World-Herald. She also writes the quarterly "Food Prowl" series, where teams of tasters go around Omaha to find favorite foods in a number of categories. Phone: 402-444-1069

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