Morel Mushrooms, also known as sponge, pinecone, and honeycomb mushrooms, are the most popular wild mushroom in Missouri and the United States. They range in color from tan to pale gray to yellow and the surface is covered with pits and ridges. They vary in size, but can grow to be 12 inches tall. Many nature lovers hunt for this fine fungus in mid April and early May. Keep a close eye on the lilac bushes – when they bloom, it is time to look for mushrooms. They grow in moist woodlands and river bottoms when the weather has been consistently warm and rainy. They are considered a delicacy and are sold commercially for a huge price. They are delicious fried, stewed, baked, creamed, or stuffed.