Birch Polypore Piptoporus Betulinus is abundant in The Catskills. I’m offering them by the ounce in chunks and as whole specimens. Good for sharpening straight razors to a fine edge, medicinal and culinary. All Poly-pores are sustain-ably harvested by us in deep mountain forest lands protected by the NY Department of Environmental Protection. They’re packaged whole with bark on as specimens or by the ounce cut and weighed out in chunks.
Piptoporus betulinus, commonly known as the birch polypore, birch bracket, or razor strop, is one of the most common polyporous bracket fungi and, as the name suggests, grows almost exclusively on birch trees. The brackets burst out from the bark of the tree, and these fruiting bodies can last for more than a year. Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant “mushroomy” odor but a bitter taste. The velvety cut surface of the fruiting body was traditionally used as a strop for finishing the finest of edges on razors. It is also said to have medicinal properties. Piptoporus betulinus has anti-inflammatory compounds and antibacterial properties. Polyporenic acid found in the fruit body of the fungus, is poisonous to the parasitic whipworm Trichuris trichura. The fungus was carried by “Ötzi the Iceman” – the 5,000-year-old mummy found in Tyrol. It has many medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, tumor inhibiting, anti-parasitic, anti-septic and anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties.
This mushroom can be cooked and eaten, powdered, tinctured and more, We offer it to you by the ounce or specimen, shipped in lead free glass by the ounce. Photos are of currently harvested specimens. We harvest as needed. Message me for whole specimens.