Turkey Tail – Trametes Versicolor

Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

Trametes versicolor is a common fungus found world wide. Known as Turkey Tail Mushrooms for the colourful stripes on their caps. They are the most common mushrooms in North American woods. Turkey Tails can be found sprouting in dense, overlapping clusters or rosettes from dead hardwood logs, stumps, and fallen branches on the forest floor during warm wet seasons of Spring and Fall.

The History of Turkey Tail Shrooms

The use of Trametes versicolor has been dated back to the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty in China as an immune booster for health and longevity. In Japan it is known as kawaritake or “cloud mushrooms” due to an image of swirling clouds on the mushroom caps. The cloud-like image symbolizes “longevity and health, spiritual attunement and infinity”.

Turkey Tail Uses:

The health benefits of Trametes versicolor are one of the best researched medicinal mushrooms today. Controlled clinical
trials demonstrate increased long-term survivability in patients with gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal and stomach cancer, but also breast and lung cancers. Commercially produced extracts are often prescribed along with chemotherapy for treating cancer in Japan and are paid for by national health care. Current clinical use of Turkey Tail Extracts in North America, Europe, and Asia are being done on treatment for their immuno restorative effects in patients with chronic conditions such as various cancers and viral syndromes such as hepatitis C.
Trametes versicolor extracts have demonstrated a wide variety of immunological benefits to white blood cell production and can inhibit carcinogenesis and tumor cell growth by activating cancer cell apoptosis.
Hobbs C. Medicinal Value of Turkey Tail Fungus Trametes versicolor. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol. 7 (2005) pg.346-347.

Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom
Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom

How to use Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

  • Chop the turkey tail mushroom into small pieces and add to a large pot of water on the stove.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for an hour.
  • Strain the mixture through a colander. …
  • That’s it — time to drink!

Sketch of Mycoremeditation of degraded land using Trametes Versicolor
Mycoremediation of Coulee with Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup

This is my favorite Lentil Soup Recipe. It’s easy, fun and one of the healthiest meals I’ve found. I enjoy it best with fresh ingredients from our garden.

Lentil Soup Ingredients

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • Bunch of Carrots
  • Celery
  • 1 Cup French Lentils*
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Tbspn Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Herbs. Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary

How to cook Lentil Soup

  • Sautee the onion in Coconut Oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add Herbs & Garlic to Sauteed Onions.
  • Chop Carrots, Celery.
  • Rinse Lentils.
  • Add Everything to the crock pot or large soup pot.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Drop to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes.


I’ve had a few friends ask where I get my Organic food? Well, most is from the garden! However, when it comes to many of the spices and dried foods, I get ingredients like the organic french blue lentils from Organic Matters

Where to Find Organic Foods

OM Foods

One of my favorite places to order bulk organic foods in Canada is Organic Matters, at OMFoods 

I have friends asking me to build carts and set them up with Here is my list of my typical order for a friend or family member:

  • French lentils
  • mung beans
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Golden Flax Seeds
  • Buckwheat
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Chia Seeds
  • Tumeric
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Seven Sea Veggie Blend
  • 6 Large Mason Jars for beans
  • 12 Medium Mason Jars for dried goods