Pheasant’s back jerky recipe

Here is a recipe for a common springtime edible mushroom, cerioporus squamosus or the Pheasant’s back, also called Dryad’s saddle. Although easy to identify, it’s not the tastiest of mushrooms…but with enough soy or barbecue sauce it can be pretty good!

Cerioporus squamosus by Walt Sturgeon

Marinade (adjust to your liking)

2 c. red wine vinegar
1/3 c. olive oil
swig of sesame oil
2/3 c. tamari (soy sauce)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
Optional liquid smoke

  1. Slice off the tender edge part of the mushroom into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  2. Marinate sliced mushrooms 2 nights in refrigerator.
  3. Arrange pieces on cookie racks and place over cookie sheets to catch drips then bake in 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes, strips should still be tender.
  4. Cool and then brush w/vegan Worcestershire sauce or barbecue sauce and sprinkle with black pepper to taste.
  5. Place on dehydrator racks and dry for 12-24 hours, but don’t over-dry–leave a bit chewy.
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Morel Season Spring Ohio Fungi

Welcome to the April installment of Mushrooms of the Month.

Verpa conica by Walt Sturgeon

Morchella americana by Walt Sturgeon

Gyromitra korfii by Walt Sturgeon

Cerioporus squamosus by Walt Sturgeon

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Fusicolla Merismoides – A Fungal Potpourri

This is a remarkable species that is a conglomeration of various species resulting in an oozing, dripping orange slime. It is most often seen in the spring, often by morel hunters. It typically covers a grape vine or stump. It may form slimy stalactites of orange goo. No two samples have been found genetically identical. Some report a sweet smell which may come from yeast. The mix may also include a different yeast species which gives it the orange color and actually kills some of the other fungi involved. Some Zygomycetes are in the mix as well. There needs to be more study on this complex organism.

http://www.dnabarcodes2011.org/conference/program/schedule/treeslime.pdf

–Walt Sturgeon

 Fusicolla Merismoides by Walt Sturgeon

Fusicolla Merismoides by Walt Sturgeon

Fusicolla Merismoides by Walt Sturgeon

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Some Early Spring Ohio Fungi

Welcome to the February installment of Mushrooms of the Month.

Flammulina velutipes by Walt Sturgeon

Pseudoplectania nigrella by Walt Sturgeon

Sarcoscypha austriaca by Walt Sturgeon

Urnula craterium by Walt Sturgeon

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March Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the March installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Note that “Mushrooms of the Month” refers to the mushroom photos which were submitted for publication in a given month, not necessarily that they are commonly found in that month. … Continue reading

Winter Mushrooms of the Month

Welcome to the Winter installment of Mushrooms of the Month.

Ganoderma applanatum by Walt Sturgeon

Ganoderma applanatum by Walt Sturgeon

Fomitopsis pinicola by Walt Sturgeon

Fomitopsis pinicola by Walt Sturgeon

Fomitopsis betulina by Walt Sturgeon

Fomitopsis betulina by Walt Sturgeon

Flamulina velutipes by Walt Sturgeon

Flamulina velutipes by Walt Sturgeon

Tubaria CF by Walt Sturgeon

Tubaria furfuracea by Walt Sturgeon

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