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Old 13 April 2020, 07:29
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The Official Nature Thread

The rules of this thread is simple--everything posted must be NATURE oriented, and any picture must be taken by you, a family member, or close friend (NO STOCK PHOTOGRAPHS). It's a good way to identify the type tick or bug you pulled off your body, edible and poisonous plants, reptiles, mammals and everything in-between. Cross-thread points for pictures posted for any edibles that are found and then cooked....

Starting off with a few edible nuggets I found. From left to right: Fiddle-head ferns, wild violets, oyster mushrooms and everyone's favorite black and gold morels...
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Old 13 April 2020, 11:26
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I’ve been waiting on a foraging/wild edibles thread.

Cool! Is that young asparagus? They look similar to a fern sprouting.
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Old 13 April 2020, 11:43
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That is some good eating Minho!
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Old 13 April 2020, 11:48
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Fiddleheads are young ferns sprouting. I've got a pile of em at my place.
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Old 13 April 2020, 12:24
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Fiddleheads are young ferns sprouting. I've got a pile of em at my place.
I slap them in a hot cast iron skillet with a bit of oil, butter and minced garlic--along with fresh asparagus. Roast stove top a few minutes until golden then place under the oven broiler until top is brown and crunchy. Really nice addition to pork and chicken dishes.
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Old 13 April 2020, 12:27
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Mingo - Is this a pheasant back? I have a bunch of them, but I'm a tad mushroom shy and my knowledge is limited.
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I slap them in a hot cast iron skillet with a bit of oil, butter and minced garlic--along with fresh asparagus. Roast stove top a few minutes until golden then place under the oven broiler until top is brown and crunchy. Really nice addition to pork and chicken dishes.
Roger that. Iíve seen a bunch but was unsure. BTW, LP called you a Ho. Slut.
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Old 13 April 2020, 12:32
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Post little tricks on the best way to filet a crappie or neat technique on skinning a squirrel, post a few pics on how to make a proper bow and drill or any of those hillbilly shortcuts that make life in the outdoors so much easier, safer, and enjoyable. Most of us grew up this way, knocking around in the woods picking ginseng and shrooms while turkey hunting and busting on spring fed creek trout. Shit like this is second nature to more than a few of us--but we can still learn from other folks from other parts of the country.
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Old 13 April 2020, 12:36
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Mingo - Is this a pheasant back? I have a bunch of them, but I'm a tad mushroom shy and my knowledge is limited.
From the top I'd say yes, webbed pores underneath--absolutely a go...but gills give most shrooms away from good, to fuck that. Same with chanterelles...if it has perfectly segmented gills underneath it's a no-go, but if the gills looks smeared and kinda disjointed like the veins in the back of your hand--gtg at this station.
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That's a yepper...chicken of the woods and hen of the woods will be similar. I'm hoping to score some good pictures of lion's mane and coral mushrooms. Neither of which I care for as for eating, but quite a few other folks dig them. I'm an oyster mushroom fan, chanterelles run a close second...everything else I find is great, but I ain't killing myself looking for it.

Also, that little thin mushroom that grows on rotten logs--looks just like the name--turkey tail. I don't care much for that either...I'll snap some pics of turkey tail later on and post them.
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Old 13 April 2020, 15:45
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(snip) best way to filet a crappie (snip)
Sacrilege! Speckled perch (FL version)

Scale them, cut off the heads, gut them, then get some lard hot, make an egg and milk dip, then dredge them in corn meal and deep fry them.

Watch out for the bones- you're welcome!
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Old 13 April 2020, 15:46
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You're catching the wrong size crappie.
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Old 13 April 2020, 15:51
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That's the way my grandmother (RIP) fried them when I went to the lake with them, regardless of size.

We would stay out until EVERYONE caught their limit- then guess who was tasked to clean them?
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Good experience for a young man. You're average kid trying to clean a fish these days would be like a chicken looking at a card trick.
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Old 13 April 2020, 15:58
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Filet sized Crappie are one of *the* best eating freshwater fish ever created.

If smaller, fry 'em up whole just like bream....
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FYI. I know some may use one of the other different apps but I use one called Plant Finder. You basically take a pic from your smartphone and it identifies the plant, shrub, tree, etc. Pretty cool.

Try it on a houseplant.
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Old 13 April 2020, 16:59
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There's an app for that.

Civilization slicker.
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Old 13 April 2020, 17:15
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There's an app for that.

Civilization slicker.
Hahahahahahahahahahaha....you'll get a nut slap for that'n.
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I just signed up for a year long Foraging/medicinal plant course. I'm starting from zero, but honestly will be reluctant to harvest anything without the experienced eye of an expert. The course makes it quite clear that some of this stuff will KILL you with a bite or two..lol. But I feel so ignorant as I walk around the 'hood and realize I don't know an edible weed from a rock and figure I should..a little anyway.

How have you all learned?
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