ahh the dryad saddle... i had some similiar experience the first year i was picking it... nothing but really chewy hard mushrooms, not very appeatizing at all.. next year.. heard about a mushroom called the "pheasant's back"... polyporus squamosus.. by some very knowledgable professional wildcrafters... this interested me but after looking it up in the book, ahh the dreaded dryad saddle… Dryad's Saddle is a little more complicated. The young ones are much more tender. Only young Dryad’s saddles (smaller than the size of your hand) should be collected, sliced, and cooking should be done very quickly over a high heat in some salted butter: about two minutes is enough. Dryad's Saddle Pheasant Back Mushroom, Hawks Wing (Polyporus squamosus) When spring comes around and I can't find morels, I am always glad to find some dryad's saddle to take home. This common polypore is frequently encountered by morel hunters in the spring, who find it growing on hardwood stumps, logs, and standing trees. Dryad’s saddle is a common site on hardwood logs throughout May and June, and it is often ignored or maligned as an edible. by Michael Kuo. The first issue is tenderness. Dryad’s Saddle (scientific name Cerioporus squamosus, aka Polyporus squamosus), also known as “pheasant’s back” is a polypore mushroom in the broad sense of the term.It’s not considered strictly a polypore because it is atypical since it has an annual fruiting body instead of … It has been much maligned as an edible of little value but I beg to differ. Someone with an overactive imagination decided that Polyporus squamosus looked like a saddle that one of these tree-dwelling nymphs would sit on. 2-3 shallots (or, if you find them, use 3-4 finely chopped ramps, red or white parts only) 2 TBS butter . It has a widespread distribution, being found in North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, where it causes a white rot in the heartwood of living and dead hardwood trees. . . The test I use is to try to use my thumb nail to puncture its skin. You're thinking "what the heck is a dryad?" Cerioporus squamosus aka Polyporus squamosus is a basidiomycete bracket fungus, with common names including dryad's saddle and pheasant's back mushroom. This way it will be succulent and tasty, instead of chewing a piece of Dryad’s saddle … 2 lbs of roughly chopped dryad's saddle mushrooms, pores and tough stems removed . 4 TBS to 1/4 cup oil (I normally use olive oil) 1/2 cup dry sherry, white wine or … Dryads Saddle-Polyporus Squamosus Discussion in 'MichiganMushrooms.com' started by hunter143, May 9, 2008. It’s basically just a mushroom duxelles recipe with some tweaks here and there to ensure an end result that people who aren’t familiar with dryad saddles will like. Dryad's Saddle Duxelles. They can be found alone, in … hunter143. May 9, 2008 #1 . This preserve I made specifically for the dryad saddles, which require a little different treatment than your average polypore, but nothing too crazy. Messages: 681 Likes Received: 9 Location: Algonac, St clair River. Dryad’s saddle is a common site on hardwood logs throughout May and June, and it is often ignored or maligned as an edible. The body can be yellow to brown and has “squamules” or scales on its upper side. Polyporus squamosus [ Basidiomycota > Polyporales > Polyporaceae > Polyporus . Well in Greek mythology a dryad is a tree-dwelling nymph, also known as a tree sprite. Dryad’s Saddle/ Pheasant back mushroom – Polyporus squamosus. It … This mushroom is commonly attached to dead logs or stumps at one point with a thick stem. 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