One of our favourite fungi is turkey tail (Trametes versicolor). Not only do I find it visually appealing, but also enjoy the health benefits it provides.
Turkey tail gets its name because its colors and patterns resemble the tail feathers of the wild turkey, however, the colors of turkey tail can vary, hence the name versicolor. Turkey tail is a common polypore bracket fungi that is easy to recognize, and is found the world over. In Asia, turkey tail is a highly regarded medicinal herb, and has been used in medicine for centuries. In China, it is called Yun Zhi, and in Japan, Kawaratake—“cloud mushroom,” and goes by the scientific name (Coriolus versicolor).
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