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Old May 21, 2013, 7:52 am   #1
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Dryad's saddle

Came across these a few weeks ago. I hear they are edible, but not choice.
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Old May 21, 2013, 11:44 am   #2
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I have been seeing lots of them too. I hear they are edible, but I'm afraid to try them.
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Old May 21, 2013, 12:03 pm   #3
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take the small ones, they taste pretty decent. took a bunch of it a week or two ago, tried it a few ways. pretty good just sauteed up with leeks, but if you coat them in flour and fry, theyre really good. just take the smaller ones, or if you use a little bit bigger ones just cut the outside inch or two off to cook. ive found that the darker the color, the better they are. and also, you can look underneath at the pores to check freshness. the smaller the pores, the better the shroom. big open pores, dont bother picking it. just my two cents, like i said ive picked a lot of it lately and tried it a few different ways. id prefer morels anyday but these are everywhere this year, and give u bulk. if u cant find morels, these are better than leaving empty handed.
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Old May 22, 2013, 3:48 pm   #4
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Re: Dryad's saddle

Like MrJosePetes said, not choice, but not bad.
I have seen more of them this year than ever. They are EVERYWHERE here in genesee and lapeer county!! Half dozen of them just on trees in my yard! (almost dead trees)
I was told they are good to dry, grind into a powder, and use like a spice to ad a mushroom flavor to things.
I dried some up the other day. Might try some in a bowl of soup today. When I do, I will report back with my results.
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Old May 22, 2013, 5:06 pm   #5
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Dan, its good that you are cautious, but no worries. These mushrooms are pollypores. There are NO known poisonous pollypores.
As with all mushrooms, start with a small amount just in case they don't agree with your digestive system
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Old May 23, 2013, 11:47 am   #6
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Next time I'm out, I will cut some off and try a little.
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Old May 24, 2013, 7:35 pm   #7
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had a few more today. if u get the cooking time/heat down right, theyre very good tasting. just tricky because obviously you want them cooked through, but yet they are very easy to overcook. took me a few times to really get it right.
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Old May 24, 2013, 9:01 pm   #8
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I tried dryads saddle powder in two kinds of soup. To my surprise... it was very good! I might have to dry up a few more pounds! I powdered it in a pepper grinder. It really adds a good mushroom flavor. I bet it will be good in lots of soups, stews, casseroles, maybe even a burger!
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Re: Dryad's saddle

Do these grow on dead or dying ash trees?

Unfortunately, dead or dying ash trees are starting to outnumber the healthy ones here in SW MI.


edit: I see the audubon's guide says that they grow on living or dead deciduous wood, like elm, willow, maple, poplar, and birch.
It also mentions it as "edible" and that the tender edges of the caps can be pickled, sauteed, or fried. I imagine if you picked them small, the whole thing would be tender, but only the tips of the caps would remain tender as the mushroom grew.
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