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Anyone ever eat these?
Posted: 08 April 2012 01:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have found a bunch of Polyporous squamosus A.K.A. Pheasant’s Back this spring. I have read that it is edible but not the greatest, heard it tastes like celery. I have yet to have anything fried that I did not like though. I love to photograph it but have yet to bring any home to eat. Anyone here eat it?


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Posted: 08 April 2012 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I too have also thought about trying them, I wonder if ya boiled then fried if they wouldnt be more tender?

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Posted: 09 April 2012 06:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’ve seen plenty of them but never tried them, if you do you will have to give us a report on how they turn out

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Posted: 09 April 2012 10:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Will do, I am definitely going to try it. Here is what the inside of them look like. The bottom yellowish part where the pores are is similar in texture to Morels, but the middle white portion feels like spongy foam. That is the part that worries me. But like I said, if I fry it it can’t taste that bad.


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Posted: 10 April 2012 05:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I just hope you dont see pink elephants or something after u eat it….lol…Good luck buddy:)

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Posted: 10 April 2012 07:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Lol spongy foam… I was ok with it till that part…;0)

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Posted: 10 April 2012 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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WhitetailFreak - 10 April 2012 05:16 PM

I just hope you dont see pink elephants or something after u eat it….lol…Good luck buddy:)

A while back that would not have worried me. smile

I will ask some experts to make sure I have what I think before I eat them. Actually the site I go to for most of my mushroom I.D.‘s is a Magic Mushroom forum, but they love all kinds of Fungi there.

I also found this old mushroom ID book that has a list of edible species and recomended ways of cooking them. It can be found for free online here
http://www.archive.org/stream/mushroombookpopu00marsrich#page/n7/mode/2up

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Posted: 10 April 2012 08:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Magic mushroom forum????NOW YOUR TALKIN….......LOL

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Posted: 10 April 2012 10:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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illin - 10 April 2012 08:21 PM
WhitetailFreak - 10 April 2012 05:16 PM

I just hope you dont see pink elephants or something after u eat it….lol…Good luck buddy:)

A while back that would not have worried me. smile

I will ask some experts to make sure I have what I think before I eat them. Actually the site I go to for most of my mushroom I.D.‘s is a Magic Mushroom forum, but they love all kinds of Fungi there.

I also found this old mushroom ID book that has a list of edible species and recomended ways of cooking them. It can be found for free online here
http://www.archive.org/stream/mushroombookpopu00marsrich#page/n7/mode/2up

I won the Mushrooms of Il book from Gretchens contest, once I get it, I will see if I can find any information in there for you as well and let you know.

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Posted: 11 April 2012 07:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Those are good to eat - BUT they need to be pretty young and small. After they get very big - to me anyway -  they get tough and taste like farina..kinda mealy… the best ones are when they are still young and about the size of the palm of your hand. Much bigger and the eating experience drops off substantially.  But those little baby tender ones ...yummy smile

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Posted: 11 April 2012 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Good to know G. I think they look cooler when they are small anyway. You can really see why they got their common name.


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Posted: 11 April 2012 02:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I only pick and eat morels,but I always thought those were elephant ears???
Or are they one and the same,I also heard they are good too eat when small.
But have always been afraid to try.

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Posted: 12 April 2012 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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We ate some of those this year, no double vision or anything weird like that. I recommend using the edges where it is easy to cut (if you have a hard time cutting through them not worth it) and then frying them in butter and then dust them in garlic salt.  Also you need to cook them shortly after you pull them off of the tree. The longer they sit the tougher they become and not worth eating, kind of like chewing leather. They have a sweet taste to them if they aren’t to old, really good!!!

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Posted: 12 April 2012 06:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks OutdoorsWoman. Will keep that in mind.

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