SunShots Mystery mushroom revealed

May 03, 2012

The mushroom in the recent Reader SunShots photograph ("Details winner," April 29) is a Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) shelf mushroom.

It is non-toxic, but inedible as is; it has the texture of shoe leather. Some people grind it into a powder and make tea out of it as a homeopathic medicinal remedy for all kinds of ailments. It is also used significantly in medical research for cancer and even has some published scientific success in helping breast cancer.

Steve Johnson, Monkton

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