I've heard that also, and I have a neighbor that's eaten them his whole life, so I give any I find to him. That's one thing I don't want to test my limits on.They say that the false morels....I call them beef steak or red morels... make people sick and advise you not to eat them. I have ate them all my life and have never had any side effects but somone else eating them may not be able to tolerate them and have a "allergic" reaction.
I almost feel bad for you.... except you're in the Alps! I bet that has to be a beautiful place to live!Sigh... we still have 20 inches of snow on the ground here... no morels till late may this year!
I'm not sure about the gyromitra esculenta, which I think is what Grizzerbear mentioned above, the false morel. Here's the 2nd pic enlarged. Some of what I found yesterday are past their prime, but they'll eat just fine. There are a couple I kept to throw in the back yard, to seed the place. They're mostly yellows, with at least one grey.In the second pic, mixed with morchella deliciosa I see a gyromitra esculenta in the lower right corner. That was considered edible years ago, but now... better safe than sorry: I’d leave it on the ground next time.
Those are delicious but I must admit...before i learned what a chicken of the woods looked like and that they were safe to eat... I would have sworn a mushroom with those colors would kill you lol. I would like to try a hen of the woods but have never found one before it was dried up.I have heard that chicken of the woods can also have that effect on some small portion of the population.