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hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
Posts: 1110
Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 4:03 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Rich,

We live in France in the Dordogne and our land is chalk on clay. We find the morilles on the east facing slope of the valley on a bank with mainly oak and chestnut roots holding the very loose earth together.

I lived in Theydon Bois before come here and I've found them too in Epping forest, as you say Cab, later in the year than here because they do need a wee bit of heat - at least 13c.

HWH

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hardworkinghippy wrote:

I lived in Theydon Bois before come here and I've found them too in Epping forest, as you say Cab, later in the year than here because they do need a wee bit of heat - at least 13c.

HWH


Naah, I've had them in February. They'll fruit more prolifically in the warm, but they appear surprisingly early. I guess it also depends on other conditions; my gut feeling is that if they're otherwise unhappy they need to be warmer.

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 5645
Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 05 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a small clump of nettles in my garden at the moment and I am just waiting for a day when I can appreciate them in a bit of calm, I love potato soup so I think thats how i will use them.

hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
Posts: 1110
Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 05 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are loads of clean fresh nettles here too Pilsbury, with all this glorious rain we've been having.

This is today's haul of Morels:





HWH

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 41722
Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 05 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To nick an expression "It's pool 'o' drool time."

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 05 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

HWH you're making us all jealous!

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Morels are one of the few things that I haven't found a photographic specimnen of since I got a decent camrea a few years back. So I'm REALLY jealous

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
Posts: 1172
Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never seen any! But then I wasn't looking.

Res



Joined: 07 Apr 2005
Posts: 1172
Location: Allotment Shed, Harlow
PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 05 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Maybe thats what I did wrong with my nettle omlette the other day.
I just threw the tops in the pan whole and cooked them down till soft, then put the egg mix in.

It was the "furriness" that put me off a bit!

Richy Rich



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
Posts: 31
Location: Coventry - Warwickshire....
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

HWH - WOW - now THAT is a haul..

Its bank holiday weekend over here and I have told wifey to expect a forage session. I have a few woods in mind we are going to trawl over...

I'll do my usual pick anything I find and try and ID later ...

You lucky man being able to find so many..

Richy

alison
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Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Richy Rich wrote:
HWH - WOW - now THAT is a haul..


You lucky man being able to find so many..

Richy

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mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24551
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Moogie: we've got more nettles than you could shake a stick at, and definitely not peed on! Shall I send some?!

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
Posts: 525
Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooh Mochyn yes please. My village has a high ratio of dogs to nettles methinks. What would you like in return? and I'll of course pay pstgae. PM me and we'll get it sorted out. Next question is... do nettles freeze? And if so how? Do I need to blanch them first?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mochyn, send the pantechnicon past my house on the way to Moogie - plenty of nettles here too!

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24551
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 05 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd cook them, either in soup or as per spinach or whatever, and then freeze the completed dish. Do you really want them? I'll pm you.

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