After a cool and rainy start to the day, the sky cleared and the sun came out in time for another Wild Edibles session.
This week, Martha showed us the polypore mushroom Dryad's Saddle.
This mushroom is not highly sought after, being thought of as too tough to eat and not having much of a flavor by many. We collected a few to try anyway. Martha pared off the tender edge of the mushroom and lightly sauteed the pieces. There was just enough for each of us to have a small sample, and I have to say I really enjoyed the texture and flavor. It was quite meaty, not tough at all and it had a unique flavor that I really liked. I would definitely eat this mushroom again.
Growing nearby were some very unattractive false morels. These are toxic and should not be eaten.
True morels look like this (and they taste amazing!):
Moving from fungi to flora, we identified sarsaparilla. (Taxonomy and uses here.)
Here is a great tip for identifying chickweed (from this site): "Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of common chickweed is the single lengthwise line of fine white hair on one side of the stem, but switching sides above and below each node."
Little baby wild grapes and leaves.