Learn how to incorporate this great tasting wild medicine into your diet!
Turkey Tail ( Trametes versicolor) can be found on dead and decaying hardwood nearly world wide.When you find them its usually in a large colony/cluster and they are very easy to identify.
I call this “big medicine” because the health benefits are big and you can collect them year round.
Below is a short list of the most common attributes-
- Anti- inflammatory
- Anti- microbial
- Anti- viral and tumor…free radical attacking properties!
- Immune system booster
- Improves stamina
- improves digestion and immune response
- PACKED with vitamins and minerals
…and tastes great too!
They grow here in Michigan between May and December. If the winter was mild you may be lucky enough to score young turkey tail year round!
No worries if you can not-
They can be harvested during every cycle of growth and either used immediately or dried/preserved for later. Turkey Tails take about 6 months to mature, I favor the young and pliable ones about a few inches across.
Young and leathery or old and crusty- they are all valuable.
If I plan on steeping them for a quick hot and tasty beverage, I tend to harvest when the thin outer lip is still leathery and pliable.
Quick Turkey Tonic
If you are out on a hike or want to enjoy a hot cup of great tasting broth, it does not take much to reap the benefits of this wild wonder. The title reads “tonic” but is in fact a tonic made from a fresh wild mushroom that is steeped and finished like a tea. You be the judge, it simply is amazing. You will only need a few things to make it and finishing touches are totally up to you.
You will need a way to boil/simmer the tea, water and a container to hold it as it cooks…a fancy coffee cup is great but defiantly not needed!
Collect your Turkey Tails, about a golf ball size in volume per 2 cups of water.
They can be fresh and young or old and dry… Below is young and leathery-
- Make a fire, start the camp stove or start your water to boil on the stove. I like to use 2 cups of water per adult serving size.
- Bring the water and mushrooms to a rapid boil then reduce to a simmer for 5-10 minutes.
The taste is like no other-
It smells like a good mushroom soup stock and I treat it like one. I like to add a dash of sea salt and cracked black pepper!
If you want to get a lil crazy you could add in some fresh/dried chives before serving, you will thank me for this.
Did I mention you can get a few boils from the same mushrooms?!
Simply simmer for 2x as long on your second go round and repeat.
The Turkey Tail mushroom is a very important FREE medicinal resource for the outdoorsman and or anyone who simply wants to kick their immune system up a few notches!
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