Turkey Tail
Coriolus versicolor
 



Turkey Tail is the common name for this mushroom in North America. The scientific name is Coriolus versicolor (also known as Trametes versicolor). Extensive and intensive modern clinical use and research has led to over 400 published reports on the immuno-modulating and anti-tumor properties of the hot water extracted polysaccharides of this mushroom. Sales for these unique natural compounds have reached several hundred million dollars a year in Japan and China, making them the most widely used products by people facing serious immune challenges in those countries. Clinical research has consistently demonstrated the ability of Coriolus beta glucans to double and even triple survival rates for people receiving chemotherapy and radiation.

Coriolus versicolor is well distributed in North Carolina. Usually, anytime you step into most forests or wooded areas, within 100 feet radius you can find this mushroom. The woody, shelflike fruiting bodies form dense, overlapping clusters on stumps, tree trunks, and fallen trees. The mushroom caps have a plush velvety surface and are colored in varying shades of brown or gray, with a distinctive pattern of alternating bands of dark and light color.

We have isolates of this mushroom that you can use for your cultivation if you wish to and it is one of the easiest mushroom to grow.