The birch polypore is easy to find – just look for a birch tree and you’re likely to find a handful of these mushrooms growing. They’re pretty bitter so we don’t recommend eating them in salads or other dishes, but instead making a tincture or tea and adding it to other drinks, like herbal or green tea.
They pack a punch – filled with antioxidants, they’re anti-microbial, antibiotic, antiseptic and help the immune system. They’re said to be great for fighting cancer cells and preventing them from expanding.
It’s important to note that with mushrooms, you have to be careful identifying them because some healthy fungi have deadly lookalikes. But with the birch polypore, you can be almost certain that if it’s growing on a birch tree, it is in fact this mushroom.