Penny’s Tips Volume 84

Hi everyone! I have a strange tip for you today. not strange, but different. I want to tell you about turkey tail mushrooms. Being that Thanksgiving is coming in the US, I thought now would be a good time. My brother Sammy is a Cat Scout and a while ago he had to watch a movie about mushrooms. I figured I could learn something so I watched it too. In the documentary, they talk about turkey tail mushrooms and how they boost immunity and can even help get rid of some cancers.

   Here is a photo of some next to a turkey tail- see the resemblance?

Dad found these on a log he had inoculated with a different kind of mushroom.

They are kind of rubbery so you can’t just fry them up and eat them like a lot of other mushrooms. You just clean them off, chop them up and simmer in water for an hour to make tea. If you try to find your own, be careful as there are some that look the same, but are fake and can make you sick. Real ones have pores on the underside. If you do want to find your own, please watch the video.

Here are some links to learn more about harvesting them and making tea. And a youtube video. You can also purchase a supplement if you don’t want to do al the work yourself.

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Mom made the tea and said it tasted like mushrooms- not what you want in a tea. She said it would be good in soup.


We are joining  Comedy Plus’ Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Next week I will tell you all about wishbones and how you can still have one to wish on even if you are a vegan or vegetarian.



  1. Petcretary has been using that kind if mushroom and several others as medicine for many years, now. They form a large part of Chinese Traditional Medicine. She used a lot of them during her chemo treatments to abate the side effects, and to fight the cancer long side of the chemo. She still takes most of them in much smaller doses.

    They really do look like a turkey tail!

  2. That is a good tip for good health. We have mushrooms that grow on old trees that look like that, but I don’t know if they are safe or poisonous.

  3. Interesting… I am only familiar with morels. They are delicious when dredged in egg and flour and then fried. I will have to show Jerry these mushrooms. I think they would be good in soup. Thanks for the tip Penny!

    1. My folks found mushrooms earlier this year and fried them up- Ibet they would have been better your way. 🙂 XO

  4. That mushroom does look like turkey tail 🙂 Sounds like a great healthy food and I’d love to try the tea (or soup) 🙂

  5. Since i am not a mushroom fan anyway, i wouldn’t go hunting my own for fear of the bad ones, but a supplement sounds like it could have some positive benefit. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Hmm….we have some mushrooms like that on some old tree stumps in our woods but not sure if they are THOSE or “lookalikes” – we don’t eat any of the stuff we find in the woods though. Mom likes to look at all the little mosses, fungi and other interesting things in the woods though. Thanks for telling us about them!

    Hugs, Teddy

  7. It’s an art to get the right mushrooms. I’d be to scared to do that. We do love mushrooms though. Turkey too.

    Penny always has such informative tips.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, Ellen. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  8. I’ll show this to The Hubby; he’d make broth from the turkey tail mushrooms!
    He remembers foraging for mushrooms with his father as a kid, at the local golf course.

    1. Mom says it tastes like mushrooms. Not the best taste, but it would be good as soup.

  9. Thanks so much Penny! These are great! I always love learning more about different foods that are healthy for our bodies! 🙂 <3

  10. Great tip and good job on harvesting your own mushrooms. I just bought an identification book so I can start learning about mushrooms. Not quite confident enough in my skills to pick and eat any, though. LOL!

    1. Thank you. 🙂 It is a lot of fun. Watch some youtube videos to be sure before you eat them. XO

    1. Thank you. 🙂 My folks are very careful and read up a lot online before they eat any.

  11. Hello my friend, and I hope the sun finds you healthy and happy today! Nice video, and I’ve never… ever seen those types of mushrooms before. I live near Fox River about 8 blocks away or 7… and we have many strange things growing around here and closer to the river too! The ducks eat most of it though. Mushroom tea? Nope, don’t think so, but mushroom soup now cream of mushroom now that’s yummy stuff! Have a great day!!! hugs

  12. I enjoy mushrooms from time to time, especially for making mushroom soup, but I don’t think I would trust myself enough with wild mushrooms. Mushroom tea? That is something new! I’d be curious to try it just to see what it’s like.

  13. This is a great idea. I have forwarded it on to my kids. Both their father and his mother died from cancer, so any preventative is welcome.

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