In fact, many of the early emperors of unified China were so obsessed with finding the elixir of eternal life that they sent out whole armies looking for Reishi and other potential ingredients to make this mythical drink.
The Mushroom of Immortality
Reishi’s reputation as a highly medicinal mushroom has led to it being colloquially known as the Mushroom of Immortality, 10,000-Year Mushroom, Mushroom of Eternal life, and God’s Herb, among many other names.
It’s no wonder!
Reishi is packed with powerful medicinal compounds, including more than 200 polysaccharides, over 150 triterpenes, and significant amounts of the amino acids alanine, leucine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid. Ganoderic acids, a terpenoid, are unique to mushrooms in the genus Ganoderma and have been found in Reishi mushrooms. These acids have been shown to have many health benefits for the human body.
Overall, Reishi mushrooms possess health benefits including:
Reishi grows all over the world and is a great mushroom for any beginner forager. Its features are bright and unique and as far as we know, doesn’t have a poisonous look-a-like. Most species of Reishi have a shiny red body with a white underside populated by thousands of tiny, spore releasing pores.
Besides its shiny surface and white bottom, one of its most defining features is its taste. Simply scrape your finger on the underside of the fruiting body and lick your finger. If it has that classic potent bitter taste you experience in Reishi tea or extracts, you know Reishi has found you.
Reishi will always grow from dead and dying trees. Once the mycelium has colonized a tree, it will produce mushrooms every year until the nutrients requisite for its survival are completely consumed.
Taking Your Reishi Mushroom Medicine
- Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, Paul Stamets
- Radical Mycology, Peter McCoy
Jasper left his corporate sales job in 2014 after a truly powerful psychedelic experience and began traveling the world in search of his true passions.
Eventually, his search led him to Guatemala and the Fungi Academy in early 2019, just after many of the initial founders had left. He saw the potential of the project, decided to listen to his gut, and from that moment on has spent all of his time sharing the magic of mushrooms with the world.
Sam is a writer, award-winning journalist, and emergent mycophile from the United States who arrived at the Fungi Academy one midsummer’s day in 2019 and left six weeks later with lifelong friends and a passion for mushroom cultivation.
In the past year 18 months, he’s built a laboratory and fruiting room in his home, cultivated and foraged over 20 species of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, started a medicinal mushroom tincture business, and returned to the Fungi Academy to teach his techniques to students.