Chaga Mushroom

One of the “kings of mushrooms,” chaga mushrooms are used for functional benefits rather than for culinary purposes. Chaga resembles burnt charcoal and has a woody texture. The core is soft with an orange color. It is known by several other names, including black mass, birch canker polypore, cinder conk, and clinker polypore.

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Answers to common Chaga questions In response to our last video about harvesting Chaga, Andy talks though some FAQs about #chaga ♬ original sound - Foraged Market
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The Essential Guide to Chaga

To learn everything you need to know about Chaga, check out the Foraged Essential Guide to Chaga!

Chaga Tea

Read the full tutorial on how to make Chaga tea here. Because of its woody texture, chaga is popularly enjoyed dried and ground as a powder, or as a tea. You’ll find chaga in a variety of teas, tinctures, and capsules in our marketplace, as well as dried chaga for your own concoctions. Chaga is most commonly consumed mixed with hot water, like tea or coffee. You might flavor your tea with your favorite sweetener like honey or maple syrup. 

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How to Find Chaga Mushrooms Near Me

Chaga mushrooms traditionally grow in colder climates, primarily on birch trees or other hardwoods in forests in the northern hemisphere. This parasitic fungus enters the tree through openings in the bark, and slowly grows under the bark until its charcoal-like body breaks the bark open. It can take another 5-7 years to fully mature. 

Girl in the Woods has a great video showing you how she finds chaga.

Chaga mushroom benefits

Like reishi mushrooms, chaga mushrooms are known to have a variety of potential health benefits. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, “The antioxidant activity of polysaccharides (beta-glucans) contained in chaga help maintain cell integrity and fight free radicals. Chaga is used in traditional Russian Folk Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine to support gastrointestinal health, and as a tonic to support overall health.”

Like all products used for health benefits, you should always check with your health care provider before adding a new supplement. For example, chaga can disrupt blood sugar levels, so it should not be used by people with diabetes.

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