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The Mushroom edition
As the autumn rains return, mushrooms are beginning to make their appearance especially Pacific NW favorites - Chanterelles, Lobsters, Hedgehogs, Chicken of the Woods and Lion’s Mane.
Recent studies suggest mushrooms have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties which may help reduce blood pressure, moderate blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, enhance the immune system, reduce stress & help fight many types of cancer.
Did you know….
The Lobster mushroom begins life as a rather dull, unappealing mushroom? It is magically transformed into the delicious bright orange mushroom which smells and tastes like lobster by a parasitic fungus! Check out our Wild Mix by Foraged & Found Edibles-a blend of dried wild mushrooms (including Lobster mushrooms) foraged here in the Pacific NW. It makes a wonderful addition to soup stocks.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Lion’s Mane mushrooms are white, globe-shaped fungi with long, shaggy spines & are used in cooking & medicinally. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are not only a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, but are also known to boost the immune system & help support healthy brain function. We carry Lion’s Mane mushrooms in capsule and tincture form.
Reishi mushrooms are known as the “mushroom of immortality”&their use in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been documented as early as 207 B.C.! Reishi is known to have significant anti-inflammatoryas well as immune-enhancing properties. In addition to whole dried mushrooms, we carry a variety of products containing Reishi mushrooms.
We offer a large line of mushrooms both in powdered & liquid extract form. This is a quick and easy way to give a boost to your immune system& your general health. Mushrooms are known for their gifts of supporting immune health,memory, and energy.
In French, a chanterelle is an ‘E’ string on a violin or viola, which serves as the last, or ‘finest’ string. The golden apricot-scented Chanterelle mushroom is highly prized by people throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
Another antioxidant ‘rock star’, Chaga mushrooms not only help boost the immune system but appear to have anti-viral effects, as well.
Studies have shown they reduce inflammation, improve physical endurance & may inhibit cancer progression. Chaga can
be taken as a tincture, capsule or added in powder form to soups & beverages. <><><><><><><><>
If you forage for mushrooms, always be 100% sure you have identified them correctly as many edible mushrooms have poisonous look-a-likes.
Remember….“All mushrooms are edible, but some-only once”
Mushroom Broth (vegan/gluten-free)
8 cups water
4 large Reishi mushroom slices
8 to 10 Shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup dried Chaga mushrooms
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 cup celery with tops, roughly chopped
1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
¼ cup fresh Parsley, chopped
2-inch piece fresh Ginger, roughly chopped
1-½ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dulse flakes
2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
2-3 tablespoons dried Nettle
2 tablespoon Red Miso paste
Place all of the ingredients, except the Miso paste, in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 3 hours, stirring at least once every hour.
Strain through a sieve, reserving the broth. Stir in the Miso paste & adjust the seasonings
There are So many more health-promoting Mushrooms…
including Maitake, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Turkey Tail. Stop in & check out our wonderful products!
Oregon Humongous Fungus
In the Blue Mountains of Oregon there is a colony of Armillaria solidipes - Honey fungus- that is believed to be the world’s largest known organism. The fungus is over 2,400 years old&its mycelium covers an estimated 2,200 acres!
Mushroom Foraging Resources
· Oregon Mycological Society-offers classes, field trips. For more information: https://www.wildmushrooms.org/faqs/
· The OMS Mushroom Show will be held at the World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon October 27, 2019 12:00pm – 5:00 pm. $5 Adults, $3 Seniors/Students, Free for OMS members & children under 12. Open to the public.
· A great beginner’s field guide for identifying mushrooms in the Pacific NW is All That the Rain Promises (Ten Speed Press 1991) by David Arora. <><><><>
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