Last Updated - 9.2.2013
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
NaturesPickings Custom Site Search
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
Turkey Tail -Yun zhi
Here is a mushroom that practically every field guide will list as not edible. That it is "too tough".
Turkey tail is a tough character with just a wee bit of taste.
It takes quite a bit of chewing - a nonchalant type of chew - to get it to the point where you believe you have made some headway.
About a half hour later the piece in my mouth starts to actually break into pieces. Eventually there is a wad of little pieces in my mouth similar to chewing tobacco, I suppose, and if everything feels just right inside the mouth, I can manage a gulp.
It's like having that occasional tougher piece of meat in your mouth that is troublesome to get down no matter how long you chew it. You have to get it just right in the mouth to make that gulp.
Chewed up Turkey Tail can be like that.
If it is not so tasty and it is difficult to chew then why do it?
I do it because it's a very healthful thing to do, it's not disagreeable, I actually like the taste and it has become habit over the years.
I pick these Turkey Tails for making broth ( for various soups and stews ) and for a medicinal tea, both of which are tasty and very good for my aging body.
Do a Google search for Trametes versicolor or Coriolus versicolor and read.
You will be doing it too.
Turkey Tails are pretty easy to find. They are practically everywhere in the woods.
You will find them growing on dead tree trunks and branches, whether standing or down.
Trametes versicolor is a polypore. The spore bearing surface underneath will have thousands of pores. Turkey Tail pores are clean and white and do not change color when roughly handled.
The upper surface is a bit hairy / fuzzy.
Turkey Tails can grow on the side, end or top of a log. If on the side or end the growth shape will be shelf-like, in tiers.
There has been extensive research of Turkey Tail mushrooms over the last few decades because of their history of use for cancer treatment in China and Japan.
With all these good things being discovered there has also been a discovery that there are virtually no bad side effects from extended use.
As noted above, there are other mushrooms that can have a Turkey Tail appearance - from the top - but you need to check the bottom also.
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor. Turkey Tail. Yun zhi.
Weather conditions not relevant.