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Morels are king when it comes to mushroom hunting. Wet spring days are likely to promote morel growth near dead trees. But before you sauté your mushrooms in a pan of butter, let’s explore the health benefits of morels. There are three main nutrients that morels carry in abundance: iron, vitamin D and antioxidants.

One cup of morel mushrooms provides enough iron to last the day in most adults. Iron helps carry oxygen throughout the body to prevent fatigue. Vitamin D is absorbed through sunlight and a morel sitting in the woods gets a whole day’s worth of it. Vitamin D coordinates with calcium to promote bone health and aids the immune system. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which have been correlated with heart disease and cancer.

The simplest method for cooking morels is sautéing them in a pan with butter. But for a tropical taste and some healthier fats, try swapping out the butter for coconut oil.