I imagine that choosing a favorite mushroom is a bit like choosing a favorite child.
(“Who would it be, Mom?”)
Impossible to do! Why even ask such a silly question?
However, if I had to narrow down my selection of fungi to only a handful of desirable species, surely I could do that…
… and this one, the reishi mushroom (Ganoderma tsugae), would make the cut.
Okay… another difficult question, but I’ll try to answer.
Perhaps it’s the beauty to which I’m drawn, with its lacquered hues of yellows, oranges, and reds. Or maybe it’s the way this mushroom makes me feel internally, knowing that ample research exists to support its medicinal benefits.
Whatever the true reason, Ganoderma tsugae remains one of my favorite mushrooms to seek out and harvest, and I continue to be humbled — year after year — by its splendor.
If you are interested in learning more about the reishi mushroom, I encourage you to check out a brand new video I created.
In the video, I discuss the habitat, key identification characteristics, and medicinal benefits of this remarkable medicinal mushroom.
Enjoy! (And if you have a second, I’d love to know what you think!)