The common morel is an edible mushroom with a delicate flavour and meaty texture. The pale-brown hollow, conical or egg-shaped cap is 2 to 10 centimetres in diameter and deeply pitted, rather like an irregular honeycomb. Within the pits, the surface varies from pale brown to grey and darkens with age. The smooth, hollow stalk (or stipe) is 1 to 3 centimetres in diameter and 4 to 10 centimetres tall. It is whitish, sometimes discolouring to brownish or rust colour.
The morel is found in early spring in forests, orchards, yards and gardens. It grows in rich, well-drained soil under trees, and often beneath hedges and on disturbed soils at the edges of gardens.