They are my first edible mushroom as well. I also think they taste a bit like melon rind and are a bit chewy. But the one thing that I think they are great for is mushroom jerky, especially with a very flavorful marinade like jerk. Once morels are over, I look for chanterelles and oysters over summer and then Hen of the Woods and boletes that are similar to porcini (boletus edulis) that grow in my area in the early fall. All of those are very good tasting I think and fairly easy to identify.Love them on steak! Any other suggestions? I kind of hold them up there with morels.