en Turkey tail
pt Cauda de perú
The turkey tail is a polypore mushroom, meaning they release spores through many small holes underneath their caps. They are saprotrophs, feeding on decaying matter of other living things — this is why you always find them on old, rotting logs. They’re found in forests all over the world from Europe to Asia to the US and Russia.
This species has one main claim to fame: as a medicinal mushroom. It’s full of a protein-bound molecule known as PSK, or polysaccharide K. PSK works by suppressing the growth of tumor cells, inhibiting the expression of genes that have the potential to cause cancer, and stimulating the immune system to produce more of the body’s own cells that attack foreign cells. (source: Mushroom Appreciation)