Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder (Made From Fruiting Body, Coriolus Versicolor)
Turkey Tail Mushroom Powder
Made From the Fruiting Body
Known as Coriolus Versicolor
Perfect for Turkey Tail Tea
About Turkey Tail Mushroom
Turkey tail mushrooms (Coriolus Versicolor or Trametes versicolor) are fungi whose first use is traced back to Europe, North America, and Asia. As the name suggests, the saprophytic fungus resembles a turkey tail. The palette of stripes is quite similar to the pattern of feathers of turkeys. Other terms used to refer to this set of mushrooms include cloud mushroom, kawaratake and yun zhi. The surface of these mushrooms has a sturdy, rugged feel which makes them almost inedible in their raw form. One would have to chew it for long before it softens up. Some bits feel furry, while others feel gentle and polished. The mushrooms seem to have rings of different colours on them. Some of the most prevalent colours of the mushroom strips include orange, white and brown. In other environments, the colours could go up to red and purple.
Unlike other mushrooms, tail turkey mushrooms lack a stalk. The cup lies on the log on which it thrives. Also, the small hairs present separate them from other mushrooms that are devoid of the hairs. The gills contained in other species of mushrooms are replaced by pores in turkey tail mushrooms. The pores, which are relatively small in size, are only visible through a dissecting microscope. The mushroom prefers to grow on specific species of deciduous hardwood trees. Some of these trees include poplars, birches, and conifers. Mostly, the mushroom grows on logs and trunks of these trees, where it entirely depends on the latter for the provision of nutrients. They thrive in temperate tropical climates such as those around the arctic region. The most useful parts of turkey tail mushrooms are the fruiting bodies. They are the parts that emerge from the trunks and fallen logs. Once they are fully grown, they are harvested and processed into a powder. The powder has an earthy taste, therefore, people prefer taking it alongside sweeteners e.g. honey.
Turkey tail mushrooms have a rich history in Traditional Chinese and Indian herbalism. The mushrooms were especially dominant in the Han Dynasty era, around 200 BC. It was also quite popular during the Ming Dynasty. History on the earliest use of these mushrooms is featured quite a lot in such writings as Ben Cao Gang Mu, Shennong Ben Cao Jing, and Essentials of Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formulas. According to Ben Cao Gang Mu, which was written in the 15th century, turkey tail mushroom powder was a regular ingredient in different herbal teas. The natives believed that the teas were good for the spirit (Shen) and vital energy (Chi). Also, the natives believed that the resemblance of the mushrooms to curving clouds symbolised their essence in boosting longevity and overall good health. The teas were taken during the cold weather when the body was quite susceptible to flus. The soups and teams from the mushrooms were also popular amongst the elderly. They believed that their slow digestion was sped up in the process. They also believed that their mind was rejuvenated and hence they would feel youthful even with the prime age. Most people also like the beautiful scenery created by turkey tail mushrooms as they sprout from rotting logs. They are also used for aesthetic purposes.
- Please note it is against MHRA guidelines for us to talk about any potential health benefits for this supplement however a quick google search on the potential benefits and you may be surprised.