Year of 2017

Turkey tail fungus

The turkey tail fungus—Trametes versicolor, if you like binomial nomenclature—is fairly common around the world. And though it’s used in folk medicine teas and tinctures, it’s not something you’ll want to sauté up and serve alongside the sweet potatoes and cranberries today. Recent research indicates that a compound found in turkey tail fungus may help treat patients with various cancers. Way to go, turkey tail fungus!

Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning ‘of several colours’, versicolor reliably describes this fungus that displays different colors. For example, because its shape and multiple colors are similar to those of a wild turkey, T. versicolor is commonly called turkey tail.
Scientific name: Trametes versicolor
Trametes versicolor
Trametes versicolor