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OfflineBasidiocarp
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Confirm: Dryad's Saddle?
    #2756065 - 06/02/04 10:09 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I found this very cool specimen growing on a dying oak tree on the side of the road in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. There were other smaller clusters as well. The larger cap measures about 18cm across. The stout stalk is about 6.5 cm long. The flesh is white, with a somewhat pleasant odor. It is clearly a polypore, with off-white pores decending the stout stalk. I'm still waiting on a spore print. My preliminary diagnosis is Dryad's saddle ( Polyporus squamosus ). What do y'all think? Are these beasties worth eating? Thanks!







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Re: Confirm: Dryad's Saddle? [Re: Basidiocarp]
    #2756333 - 06/02/04 11:59 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Looks like one to me, I wouldn't eat it though...

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/may2001.html
"This mushroom is also reported to be edible. I say "reported" because I have never been able to cook it in any way that I would consider delicious. The main problem is its very rubbery texture. It has been recommended to use only very young specimens and to slice it very thin before cooking very slowly over low heat. I've tried many times (including the recipe in Bessette, Bessette and Fischer's recipe book), but I *still* can't get this mushroom to be edible. I would not consider serving it to anyone I was trying to convince that mushrooms are a good thing to eat. If I were lost in the woods and starving I might consider it great. At least it's not known to be poisonous..."

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Re: Confirm: Dryad's Saddle? [Re: Basidiocarp]
    #2757952 - 06/02/04 08:28 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Hi basidiocarp,, I agree polyporus squamosus..
I've found quite a few specimens right up the rhode....
To the north... and south...I didn't eat them...

The smell alone turned me off... I've heard of
letting them simmer for soup stock...then discarding
the actual fruit.... Good luck and Happy Hunting....

Nofindum....


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Re: Confirm: Dryad's Saddle? [Re: nofind_um]
    #2758262 - 06/02/04 10:13 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

actually, me and my father when i was younger had and (we still always find them all over our trees in the feild) we cooked one up. it was a younger one and quite delicious. with butter and salt and pepper. i have a unique taste for things so it was pretty nice. if you want, go ahead and try eating one. couldn't hurt.


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Re: Confirm: Dryad's Saddle? [Re: jben]
    #2762044 - 06/04/04 01:59 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

So I tried some:

    I cubed up some of the more tender portions from near the cap edge, and sauteed in olive oil, seasoned liberally with salt, black pepper, thyme, and a pinch of crushed red pepper.

    Result:  I took one bite and that was enough.  The texture wasn't bad--  I'd compare it to firm tofu.  The taste, though not horrible, was not pleasing.  If plywood were edible, I imagine it would have a taste similar to dryad's saddle.  :smirk:  Ah well.  Perhaps something better will turn up on my next hunt.


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