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Old Apr 15, 2010, 8:40 am   #1
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Anyone know what these are?

I found these yesterday attached to a very dead elm.
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 8:57 am   #2
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Re: Anyone know what these are?

look like pheasent backs to me, also known as dryad saddles.

I have never eaten them or know too much about em....have heard you can eat em but only when they are small and far as I know they are not poisonous but they do get really tough and chewy
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 2:03 pm   #3
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Re: Anyone know what these are?

Yep that's them.
They are an edible mushroom.

Best when picked in very young stage. About 2 or 3 inches diameter. You can cut off the edges of some medium sized ones and use just the edges. These get tough when old.


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Old Apr 16, 2010, 2:41 am   #4
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Re: Anyone know what these are?

I tried some once, didnt care for it at all.
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Old May 9, 2010, 9:01 pm   #5
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Re: Anyone know what these are?

I've found them lately in my town, yes they are dryad's saddle, edible at very young phase. Otherwise rubberlike and non-edible. I also read some people dries it and grinds on coffee grinder and uses to give flavor to soups. I didn't bother before i made my research yesterday but i will try at least one young specimen next time i find them. Just for sake of experiencing, don't think they would taste good...
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Old May 10, 2010, 8:53 am   #6
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Re: Anyone know what these are?

I agree - Dryad's Saddle. If you broke a piece off did you notice a fresh smell, sort of like watermelon rind or raw green-corn? I've not been brave enough to try it but I do hear people eat it when its tender. Here's a link to read more about it...

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dryad saddle, pheasant backs

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