Lion’s Mane (Hericium Erinaceus)
Legend has it that those who consumed Lion’s Mane would have the memory of a lion and nerves of steel. The Latin name for this interesting fungus is Hericium erinaceus.
In Chinese, it is Hou Tou Gu meaning “monkey head mushroom”, which is descriptive of its appearance. The Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been eaten as a culinary delicacy in Eastern Asia for centuries and as a natural tonic to heal people of various ailments.
In Britain, the bearded tooth fungus is also known as the tree hedgehog fungus. It belongs to the family of tooth fungi, which are rare in Britain, and associated with old trees. This species gets its popular name from its appearance, which does resemble a white hedgehog.
BOTANY & FORAGING
They’re found in late summer, growing on the trunks of living deciduous trees on fallen trees or logs on oak, walnut beech, maple sycamore, or other broadleaf trees. It has cushion-like with long, pendulous spines. This fungus is edible, though the smell is off-putting.
The icicle-like tendrils that hang from the white rubbery flesh
It has long spines (greater than 1 cm) coming out from a single clump. The color is mainly white, although they become brown or yellow with age. The spore print is white as well.
They grow in North America, China, Japan, and Europe. The southern regions of the United States are the most abundant areas to find lion’s mane growing in the wild.
Active Beta-glucan polysaccharides isolated from Lion’s mane boast the whole-body.
- Mental Performance
- Digestive Health
- Immune modulating
- Kidney protective
- Wound healing
- Anti-gastric ulcer
- Neuroprotective & regenerative
- Liver protective
- Lipid lowering
- Blood sugar lowering
- & Anti-aging properties
*for educational use only. The information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a qualified physician or health practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any condition. This site is also not to be used as the final word in identification. Never eat anything you haven’t positively identified at least three times before. Please use your common sense and be safe!
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