Birch polypore

There’s a wealth of funghi to be found in Crackley Wood. Birch polypore is very common. As it’s name suggests it grows on dead and dying birch trees. It’s huge and spectacular and has many medicinal uses. Made in to a tea or a tincture it can be used to treat parasites and is strongly anti bacterial, anti viral and boosts the immune system. Its been used for medicine for over 5000 years – the mummified ‘Ice Man’ discovered in the Alps was carrying some of this mushroom. It can also be used to light fires, but it’s too tough to eat.

26/1/21

Birch polypore has a snowy white underside

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