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Turkeytail, Trametes versicolor, 30g (Dried) - £5

 

Other names: Many-zoned Polypore, Yun Zhi, Kawaritake

 

Uses: We just love using Turkeytail, it is a great woodland fungus that has been used for teas and thrown in to soups and stews to flavour it. It is a tough species so not one which can be eaten but used to impart flavour and its natural properties.

 

Turkeytail is thought to contain PSK which has shown to be effective against certain cancers in combination with other therapeutic agents. PSK has also shown some indication of immune boosting propeties too. There are links at the bottom of this section about some of the research done on this species. Whilst we just use this fungus for its flavour, it is nice to think of the potential it may have too.

 

Flavour notes: Turkeytail has a lovely earthy taste which is not over powering. We love to add other seasonal flavours when we make our Turkeytail Tea to liven it up and some ideas for this are below.  

 

Directions: Turkeytail tea is straight forward and simple to make. Place around 10g dried in a litre of water (makes around 2-3 cups) and bring to a boil, then simmer for around 15-20 minutes and then strain. Drink the resulting liquid once cooled and add honey, agave nectar or maple syrup to taste. The used Turkeytail can be used to make tea about 3 times, so don't throw it away, dry it and store in an air tight container.

 

Variations: Mulled Turkeytail Tea, Place around 10g of dried Turkeytail in a saucepan with a litre of water, bring to the boil. Once boiled simmer for 20 minutes with some sliced apple, cinnamon sticks,  star anise, cloves, sliced orange and ginger. You can adjust to taste depending on what you like, add more star anise for a more aniseed flavour, more cinnamon for a real Christmas flavour. Strain and then add honey, agave nectar, maple sugar to taste and enjoy.

 

Winter Hedgerow Turkeytail Tea, Place around 10g of dried Turkeytail in a saucepan with a litre of water, bring to the boil. Once boiled simmer for 20 minutes with some dried rosehips (about 12 depending on size), 2 sliced apples, 4 chopped and destoned wild plums and handful of blackberries. Strain and then add honey, agave nectar, maple sugar to taste and enjoy.

 

Garden Turkeytail Tea, Place around 10g of dried Turkeytail in a saucepan with a litre of water, bring to the boil. Once boiled simmer for 20 minutes with some rosemary, mint, sage, lemon verbena, lavender, thyme, literally any edible herbs you have to hand which is in season in the garden, add more of what you like. Strain and then add honey, agave nectar, maple sugar to taste and enjoy.

 

Other information: The Healing Power of Medicinal Fungi - By Dr. Isaac Eliaz, M.D., M.S., L.Ac.

 

Paul Stamets in the Huffington Post - Turkeytail Mushrooms help immune system fight cancer

 

 

£3.95 p+p

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