Edible? ID HELP

Discussion in 'Illinois' started by misskay, May 11, 2014.

  1. shroomdog

    shroomdog Morel Enthusiast

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    Yes, that's the pheasant's back (Polyporus squamosus). Break a piece off and smell it. If it smells like watermelon rind then you have the right mushroom. I found them in a low area that looks like it floods a few times a year and has lots of fallen trees. I left many behind. I bet I could have gotten 30 lbs of them.
     

  2. shroomdog

    shroomdog Morel Enthusiast

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    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3Du1iF_jU[/video]

    Cooking pheasant's back. Not in English but looks darn good.
     
  3. jermanda

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    Those are dryad saddles they are delicious. We use them in soups, gravy and you can even cut them in strips and batter them like chicken strips and the kids love them. The only thing is the younger and fresher they are the better they taste. Don't eat the tough parts cut those out and of course soak them in water prior.
     
  4. misskay

    misskay Morel Connoisseur

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    oh fun! thank you I will try it out after I do a little more research..... I just went and picked about a lb. they are everywhere, why doesnt anyone pick them??
    Im new to spring hunting, went out for the first time last year and found tons of morels right next to my brothers house. I grew up in Austria in the alps so fall was the time to hunt, boletes, chantrelles, gosh i dont even know the english names for the rest of them but this is all new to me. Ive been foraging since I was a baby, 32 years to be exact so Im pretty confident but just want to quadruple check.
    Thank you for recipe!
     
  5. shroomdog

    shroomdog Morel Enthusiast

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    I posted extra photos on my blog. pheasants back mushrooms photos

    I guess people don't know about them since they are not as famous as the mighty morel.
     
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  6. misskay

    misskay Morel Connoisseur

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    Yes definitely that going to make them....Ill post pics after :)
     
  7. jermanda

    jermanda Morel Enthusiast

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    I usually keep around 20-30 .lbs a year of dryads there delicious. Dryads and morels are the only mushrooms that I like to eat. The other thing is usually where dryads are growing there are usually morels around the same area.