Chaga Mushroom

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A wild foraged mushroom — disguised as burnt wood. . toasts and handles just the same. . the chaga mushroom could make great kindling. For everything you can imagine creating there is a possibility for this fungi. Tea, maple syrup, a tincture or a chocolate bar. 

Discovered by friends in Vermont, in the forest above the leaves! With a saw. A real saw! We cracked it open to make recipes! Chaga mushroom [when oven-toasted] carries the scent of sweet maple. We made slices of chaga toast only to toast too much and make fire. When carefully prepared and consumed, however the experience is remarkably grounding. Much like an adaptogen — it creates this awesome and effortless energy.



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  1. A lot of people don’t know that toasted Chaga does smell like maple, and does it smell good! In fact, I can take a whiff of toasted Chaga all day and never get tired of it! :) You were right that there are lots of possibilities for this fungus. The most common is turning it into tea. It is actually a popular alternative drink for cancer prevention. ;)

    Mack Shepperson

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    1. Mack! You are the coolest. Thank you so much for sharing your starry eyed chaga mushroom experience. It is not only SO healthy it is totally delicious. Especially that scent of maple! A fragrance I simply never tire of. There is a fabulous little company here in Burlington making Chaga Mushroom Chocolates - cartwheels and backflips kinda good - and many other little small businesses exploring the culinary possibilities of chaga. I have yet to discover my very own in the woods. They'll call to me one day I'm sure. Thank you again! Be well!

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  2. I find this really fascinating. I want to learn more about this chaga mushrooms before I get more involved with it. I just love what I've been reading and can't wait to find out some more.

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  3. Chaga Mushroom also known as inonotus obliquus in scientific terms is a mushroom that grows on birch trees. Unlike other mushrooms that draw their nutrients from the soil, this mushroom draws its nutrients from the birch tree. Other than drawing its nutrients from trees, another unique feature of this mushroom is that it’s usually hard instead of soft like other mushrooms. The insides of chaga have the color of rusted iron and the veins are cream-colored. The texture of the mushroom is cork-like and it has a charcoal-like appearance.

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  4. I just learned about the chaga mushroom last winter.

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  5. Would chaga have enough of a fragrance to be tinctured and used in natural perfumery? Anyone have experience with this?

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