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Fiddleback Foraging

Discussion in 'Fiddleback Forge Knives' started by Odaon, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    My favorite things to do are hunt, fish, and forage. When talking about providing food I personally group all of those things into 'forage' not just the plants, mushrooms, etc. The definition of 'forage' is to search widely for food. The way I hunt and fish definitely covers a wide area! :thumbup: Though, I will say that my specialty is mushrooms.

    I know I'm not the only one who uses my Fiddleback knives for foraging. However, I haven't seen a thread for sharing pictures of those activities with accompanying Fiddlebacks so I thought I would start one now that the spring foraging has fully started here in Colorado!

    Post up your pictures of Fiddlebacks helping you 'forage'! I be adding lots to this thread as the year continues.

    PS. I'd propose a renaming of the F2 to the F3, fish, fowl, and forage. :D This knife is amazing! 3/32 is perfect for slicing mushrooms off logs and level with the ground, and the acute tip is great for working in tight spaces.

    A few pictures of oyster mushrooms from the last few weeks.
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    Some blond morels from today!
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    And some of the wild (feral) asparagus we found today as well.
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    The haul! Oysters, morels, and lots of asparagus. The Production Puukko did great as a foraging knife for my buddy as well! :thumbup:
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    We haven't quite decided, but we are either going back out for morels tomorrow or heading up into the hills for turkeys. I'll share more if we're successful!
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2016
  2. Tyman

    Tyman

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    Apr 19, 2015
    Great pictures, congratulations on a great day foraging and thank you for sharing!
     
  3. Marl71

    Marl71

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    Oct 15, 2015
    Very cool. I wish I had any luck at all with morels. This is a good idea for a thread!
     
  4. Scotcha

    Scotcha

    Oct 25, 2013
    Very nice. Love the pics and hope you land a turkey or two [emoji3]
     
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    :thumbup: Great pics! Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Thanks guys. We were too exhausted from yesterday's adventure to get up early for turkeys today. We'll probably get out again to look for morels this afternoon.

    Turkeys next weekend! We do all sorts of this kind of stuff throughout the year though so I'll be keeping this thread full of pictures.
     
  7. adequacy

    adequacy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 19, 2014
    This is so cool!!!
     
  8. Sjostygg

    Sjostygg

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    Oct 6, 2013
    Nice haul on the morels. Been really dry over in our mountains this year. Most of the conventional spots have been empty excepting the cove forests. Any cultivation success with your morchella?
     
  9. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Thanks! I actually prefer looking for the black morels up in the mountains but these will help keep me busy until those start popping. I can't say that I've tried cultivating them, but I do know someone who is trying this year and have seen others online that have had success. I just prefer hunting for them! I am cultivating some shiitake on oak logs for a work project. Those will be ready to fruit next spring.
     
  10. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    My Fiddlebacks have gone foraging with me quite a bit :)

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  11. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I knew you'd have some great pictures to share mist! Those morels are bigguns. The ones I posted are about the biggest I've found in Colorado. What's the purple flower and fruit after?
     
  12. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Thanks man. Those were my first, and so far only morels I have ever found and cooked. They were delicious.

    That is Passiflora Incarnata / purple passion flower / North American Passion Fruit. The Cherokee called it Ocoee, and it is what the Ocoee River valley is named after.
     
  13. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    That's awesome! Morels are definitely in my top 5. They sure are tasty. We fried up those ones we found yesterday and cooked up a bit of the asparagus. Delicious! The passion fruit is cool, really interesting. I wish I had the time to go explore other areas of the country to see what wild foods they had to offer.

    I'll post some pictures of the black morels we found last year in a little while.
     
  14. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    Black morels from two consecutive days at the end of May.
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    Here's one with an orchid called the fairy slipper (Calypso bulbosa). Not edible just really cool!
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    Here are a couple more mushroom pictures from last year, with a Patch that I don't own anymore. I've shared these before but they should be in this thread as well.

    Lobster mushrooms. Same picture as my avatar.
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    Porcini we found on a hike up to a high lake that we camped at for the night.
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  15. Tekton

    Tekton

    Mar 8, 2015
    All those mushrooms look delicious.
     
  16. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    They are all very good, some of my favorites!
     
  17. hasco

    hasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Love this thread!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  18. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    Thats sweet. What a load of Morels. Do you eat them all or sell some?
     
  19. Odaon

    Odaon Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 13, 2009
    I've had some people interested in buying small quantities, but haven't sold any as of yet. Those piles of black morels were split up between myself and a couple other people. Any that don't get cooked right away got dehydrated and saved for later.

    I'd like to get a commercial use permit so that I could sell to restaurants or stores in the event that I find a ton, but I was having trouble finding the right people to talk to to make that happen. I mostly just enjoy the hunt, and eating them of course!
     
  20. Sjostygg

    Sjostygg

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    Oct 6, 2013
    Odaon, I will get a hold of you later today and try to put you in touch with the right folks.
     

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