Last Updated - 2.24.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Dryad's Saddle - Pheasant Back mushroom
In my area of southwestern Pennsylvania morels are not as plentiful as I would like them to be - like they are in northern Michigan. Because of that I spend a lot more time in the woods on a daily basis searching for them AND I am always looking in new areas for them as well.
One of those good luck things that I find sometimes, either by itself or with morels, is Dryad's Saddle - Polyporus squamosus.
You will find it growing on dying or dead hardwood trees.
These mushrooms are sometimes called Pheasant back mushrooms because of the feathery looking surface. The light brown color with darker scales arranged in a pattern of overlapping feathers gives them that look.
Mostly these mushrooms have a lateral stalk attachment to the trees they grow on.
It's genus name - Polyporus - means many pores. It's specie's name squamosus means
In the spring the underside will oftentimes be very watery indicating a high degree of freshness to the mushroom.
The pores will eventually turn brownish where bruised.
Another thing that we want on the Dryad's Saddle we plan on eating is a very thin pore layer. Around 1/16 of an inch or a wee bit thicker is perfect.
Best practice is to gather Dryad's Saddle when their condition is very easy to cut. Also, another good practice is to slice off the tube layer and the cuticle ( the outer skin ) prior to cooking.
Cut into small pieces or thin slices and saute small batches reasonably quickly.
Polyporus squamosus - A/K/A - Pheasant's Back
Weather conditions: Wet. On and off drizzles on the day found. Mostly the weather this spring has been colder than usual.