Although Dryad Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) will not be found
high on the list of those who eat mushrooms, it is edible, especially in
early stages of its growth.
This mushroom, often reaching widths of more than a foot and thickness
of more than two inches, will almost always be attached low on the side
of a dead tree. It fruits early in the spring--about the time morels emerge--and
will remain until weather causes it to deteriorate.
Those who want to try it on the table will do well to harvest smaller
mushrooms (six inches across or less), and cook portions of the cap that
are not close to the stem.
I leave the top surface of this mushroom intact, but cut away the sponge-like
surface on the underside.
The pictures below will be helpful to those who want to try the eating
on image to see enlarged view.]