• The fruiting body of a highly prized wild fungus, Morchella esculenta, the commonest of the Morchellaceae, all of which are edible. It has an erect brownish fruit body with deep pits surrounded by irregular ridges 3 to 10 cm high and 3 to 7 cm in diameter, attached to a whitish stem which thickens towards the base. It must be washed carefully to remove grit and dirt from the pits. Available dried, fresh or canned.