Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Tail

Happy Thanksgiving! 
I thought I would serve up some Turkey Tail, so I went out to the wood pile.....
Turkey Tail Fungus - Trametes versicolor
  ...and sure enough there was a clump of Turkey Tail Fungus growing on a log.  Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) is a common wood decaying fungus found on hardwoods.
 Turkey Tail  Fungus causes white rot.  The fungus shows up on stumps, or dead and fallen hardwoods, as a thin, leathery mushroom.  The cap has contrasting color bands.  The underside is white with many tiny spore holes.
 Turkey Tail isn't exactly edible, however, there is a bunch of research on its medicinal value.  The fungus may not be good eating, but it has many other uses besides rotting wood and looking like a turkey.
Truly, the mushroom has an amazing resemblance to Tom Turkey's fanned tail.

I'm thankful for........woodpiles!

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