But its flavor is quite ordinary. The flesh of Dryad’s saddle polypore is presumably edible when young and smells like watermelon rind when cut. Dryad's Saddle has become common because it decomposes the lignin of dead elm, but only very rarely "eats" other kinds of trees after they've died. Compared to Morels, Dryad’s Saddles are easy to find. I’ve come across a mushroom I haven’t been able to identify, it looks like a dryads saddle, but is well away from any trees (the closest being a horse chestnut about 10-15m away), Sorry, think I missed your question for a few months! The smell is said to resemble watermelon rinds. A dryad (/ ˈ d r aɪ. A Dryad’s saddle polypore with a central stipe and circular shelf. I’m new to this got a couple of books but I want to be one hundred percent certain before I eat any Fungi. Required fields are marked *. OK, just a quick post on this fantastic mushroom I found while out walking the other day. Can reappear for years in the same location, often fruiting more than once a year. Name is Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) and it is edible when younger. Lookalikes: Other polypores, none of which are known to be poisonous. Thanks all the best, I can take a look if you post it to one of my social media feeds. Finely chopping then mixing with 15% by weight of sea salt then leaving to ferment for 3 months makes a passable garum (umami-heavy seasoning/sauce, in the manner of nam pla or fish sauce) after straining. There is no facility to post photos here. Grows singly or in layers, on living or dead deciduous wood. Considered a good edible, especially when the mushroom is young. Dryad’s saddle has a mealy yet pleasant flavor. When ready to reproduce, the mycelium develops the bracket that emerges from the log—this is the reproductive structure. If you do find a young ‘un, consider it a potential 2 or even 3/5, so long as you slice it thinly before searing quick and hot  in a mixture of butter and oil. Ramps and Dryad’s Saddle . Can anyone confirm if this Dryads Saddle grows on Gorse bush’s cause the species I found is all growing on gorse. These scales resemble a pheasant's tail feathers, hence one of the other common name Pheasant's back. Do not soak or rinse! Dryad's Saddle is a little more complicated. Early growth looks like stems with the caps broken off. The cap has dense overlapping scales tan to brownish scales. Dryad's saddle is broadly convex becoming flat, and can be slightly or deeply depressed. I have harshly rated  this beautiful fungi for edibility due to the difficulty of catching it in its youthful prime. Hi, wanted to know when making mushrumami is it 5% or 15% salt ? Dryad's Saddle - Cerioporus squamosus Edible mushroom - novice Other common names: Pheasant Back Mushroom, Hawk Wing Mushroom Scientific name meaning: Cerioporus is dervied from the Greek Kerion, meaning honeycomb - in reference to the formation of this mushroom's pores. If necessary, use a damp cloth to get stubborn dirt off. If you do miss the small ones, just stand back and enjoy the beautiful colours, textures and shapes of these woodland sculptures! Feb 12, 2012 - Dryad's Saddle or Pheasant's Back, Polyporus Squamosus, is common in southern Indiana. How do you suggest I dry it? I have tried drying them. Slice them thin and cook them hard and fast. From my experience, these grow almost exclusively on dead elms, so expect to find them on decaying logs, stumps, half dead and injured trees. We facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources. Large, fleshy, scaly, yellowish tan bracket fungus; large, yellowish white pores; short stalk; smells like watermelon rind. Dryad's Saddle Pheasant Back Mushroom, Hawks Wing ... Tempura frying will retain some of this "watermelon" character. Found one in north Newcastle upon Tyne. Mark. In polypores, spores are produced in the pores beneath and are released to begin new mycelia elsewhere. Thanks to 'grifola' for that information. Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. ~6 cm is a conservative size by which to limit harvesting. Your knife should easily glide through the mushroom. All polypores (bracket fungus growing on trees) have ‘pores’ instead of gills where the spores disperse from. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.. Guide to Missouri’s Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms. They do have a couple of handy uses though. I have also heard people praise it for being delicious. 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