Need to know how many morels you’ll get per pound at the grocery store? Have a recipe that calls for a specific number? Or do you just want to know how many morels in a pound so you can estimate how much you can earn as a morel hunter?
There are 30 – 35 fresh morels per pound on average and about 200 dried morels per pound. It takes about 8 pounds of fresh morels to make a pound of dried morels. There are 441 dried morels in kilogram and 55 fresh morels in a kilogram.
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How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Pound Of Fresh Morels?
Fresh morels range in price from $16 – $50 per pound at retail sometimes all the way up to $100 but that’s for more expensive markets.
You can generally expect to sell them wholesale to a retail outlet for 40%-50% of this cost ($8-$25 per pound typically). Some experienced hunters in the right areas can bring in up to $40 per pound. Again, those are for rare expensive markets (big cities, high-end restaurants).
Where Can You Buy Fresh Morels?
You can buy fresh morels from Whole Foods locally in the spring.
In addition, there are a few online outfits that sell them:
How Many Pounds Of Morels Do You Need To Make Fried Morels?
A side serving of fried morels is usually 4-6 morels. That’s about 1/4 to 1/6 of a pound. At $24 per pound fresh, that’s about $4-$6 per serving. Morels aren’t cheap!
How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Pound Of Dried Morels?
Dried morels sell for about $160-$232 per pound. Keep in mind that it takes 8 pounds of fresh morels to make one pound of dried. At $24/lb fresh, you’d have to pay $192 to make $160-$232 worth of dried morels.
Buy dry and make savings!
Morel Prices Fresh And Dried Per Kilogram
There are 441 dried morels in kilogram and 55 fresh morels in a kilogram. The price for fresh morels ranges from $35 – $110 per kilogram. The price per kilogram for dried morels ranges from $352 – $511.
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Where Can You Buy Dried Morels?
Dried morels can be bought online through Amazon (click on any picture below to check current price and availability).
You can also buy them through the same online retailers that sell fresh morels when in season:
What About Freeze Dried Morels?
Freeze Dried Morels are about the same as dried morels. Since they maintain their fluff and shape they take up a great volume. However, since freeze-dried products are 99% water-free whereas dried products are only 95% water-free, the freeze-dried versions weigh less. Again you should expect it to take more of them per pound.
Let’s do some quick math to do the conversion.
- 200 morels dried comes out to 1 pound with 95% of the water removed (5% remaining).
- Freeze-dried morels are 99% dry. They’ve lost 4% of that pound so it would take 1.04 *200 = about 208 freeze-dried morels to make up a pound.
- Let’s round that up to a nice 210 since wild morels vary wildly (pun intended!) in size.
It takes 210 freeze-dried morels to make a pound.
How Long Does It Take To Wildcraft Or Hunt A Pound Of Morels?
The morel season lasts for about two months from mid-April through mid-June. During that time amateur morel hunters can usually harvest 2-3 pounds of morels per hunt over a 4-8 hour day (6 hours on average).
If they go two days a week they’ll pull in 6 pounds a week or about 50 pounds for the season.
If they ramp it up to 4 days a week they can pull in almost 100 pounds for the season.
At an average wholesale price of $20 per pound that’s almost $2,000 for approximately 192 hours of work (6 hours per trip, 4 trips per week for 8 weeks). That comes to about $10.42 per hour. A great rate for someone doing this for fun on the side but you’d make more at McDonald’s.
Now if you could somehow harvest 1 pound of morels per hour because you know the spots and can reduce travel time then you’re looking at $20 per hour.
Professional morel hunters are known to bring in up to 100 pounds a week. Assuming they can do this in a 40 hour week that comes out to $2,000 per week or about $16,000 for the season.
For $16,000 over 8 weeks working about 320 hours, it comes out to $50 per hour. Not bad but this means you have a huge area of morel hot spots you know to check that you don’t share with others.
What About Dried Morels?
Even though dried morels charge more per pound, you need 8 times as many to get that dried pound.
It’s far more effective to sell them $20 per pound wholesale fresh. Then, whatever morels you can’t sell fresh could be dried and sold over the next 6-12 months for $160-$232 per pound.
That’s retail though. Expect to sell to online retailers for a 50% discount bringing in about $80-$160 per pound dried minus shipping costs and your time to clean, dry, and prep.