We’re not talking this kind of Turkey Tail…

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We’re talking this kind of Turkey Tail!

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I realize they both are wild in the woods and they both provide nutrition for our bodies,but these Turkey Tails are so much easier to catch and it doesn’t involve any blood!

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When I took the kids hiking recently, we found these all over the place along the trail.  I think they’re beautiful.

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Their beauty goes beyond the visual, they’re also medicinal!  For those of us who are always looking for “inexpensive” medicine in abundance, you should check these out.

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We’re fairly familiar with the importance of Shitake mushrooms and Reishi mushrooms, but the Turkey Tails seem to be the unknown treasures of the woods and they’re so abundant.

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As with any wildcrafting, be sure to do your homework before you head to the woods with bag in hand. (I put a link at the end of this blog to get you started)

There are 3 different types of fungi on this one log!

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Know how to identify the young Turkey Tails…

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From the old…

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Be careful where you pick.  There is a symbiotic relationship going on in this photo and far be it from me to interfere in an involved relationship!

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The leaves you see at the base of this tree are from the Crane Fly Orchid – they’re everywhere at this time of year in my woods.

The Crane-fly orchid is a native plant to the eastern half of the United States, growing from Texas to New York and Massachusetts, hardiness zones 4-10. It grows in the woodland setting and requires mychorrhizal fungus to grow along its roots to survive. The symbiotic relationship is interesting. The fungus gains carbohydrates from the orchid’s roots, while the orchid draws water and mineral nutrients from the fungi.

Even if you don’t use them for their medicinal properties, take time to admire their beauty…

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where they live…

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and how they grow…

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If you’re interested in learning more about the medicinal properties of Turkey Tails, here’s a link to start you off on your “knowledge” adventure.