Dryad's Saddle - Journal Entry (Rylan Donohoe)

Cerioporus squamosus (Dryad’s Saddle) is a saprotrophic fungi native to several continents across the globe. Dryad’s Saddle plays an important role in woodland ecosystems; not only does it decompose organic matter, but it also serves as an edible and nutritious food source for several organisms, including humans. Dryad’s Saddle is high in protein; vitamins B, C, and D; and several essential minerals (Sánchez, 2017). Coupled with being low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol, Dryad’s Saddle is a very healthy fungi to consume (Sánchez, 2017). It is also high in antioxidants, including β-Carotene and α-tocopherol, which allows it to neutralize free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage that would likely otherwise occur from these reactive oxygen species (Sánchez, 2017).

Reference available in Lab 5 Report.

Note: I was unable to italicize the genus/species names on iNaturalist.

Publicado por rylandonohoe rylandonohoe, 15 de octubre de 2021

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