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Indiana woman finds giant morel mushrooms

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 2:50 PM EDT
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LAUREL, Ind. (FOX19) - Morel mushrooms are considered some of the most prized by mushroom hunters and gourmets alike, and that’s why one Indiana woman was surprised when she found one that measured 12 inches in her shed.

“First, I thought it was a giant toad or something because it was just so big. And when I realized what it was, I just about fainted. I have never seen a mushroom that big before,” Maranda Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker says she knew where there was one, there were probably more. So, she walked around her shed and found two more, and one was a double.

“The gentleman, who lived here before, dumped his mushroom water out in between the sheds,” she said.

What did she do with them? She cleaned them up and took them over to her parents where they had a nice dinner.

“They are so flavorful, they’re good, and people pay good money for them if you find them in the woods. They are like steak, a really good steak,” Shoemaker said.

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