Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dryad's Saddle

Sara brought this mushroom home for me after a walk around the neighborhood this evening.  I told her that nothing says love like coming home with a big, brown mushroom.  A guy she passed on the street exclaimed "What is that thing!"  She replied "A mushroom".  He was probably more wondering why she was walking around NE Minneapolis with it.  This one is about eight inches across, so pretty noticeable in someones hand.   It's a Dryad's Saddle, Polyporus squamosus.  She found it and more growing on a log along busy Broadway St.

The Dryad's Saddle is edible.  I cooked up a few pieces of the tender edge in butter for us to try.  A little tough, but not unpleasantly so, with most of the flavor being in the after taste, which I guess I would describe as green vegetable.  Sara thought it had a sort of citrus flavor somewhere.  For me, a mushroom more to admire than eat (but for me, that's the case with most mushrooms, I just like looking for, finding and learning what they are).

The Dryad's Saddle is a polypore, so it has pores on it's underside rather than gills.  One unique feature of the Dryad's Saddle is that it's pores are angular in shape and fairly large for a polypore.

Here's pair of Dryad's Saddles I found at Westwood earlier in the week.  They are fairly common around here in May.  If you are interested in sampling one, visit the Mushroom Expert Polyporus squamosus page for more identification information.