Chaga is a wild mushroom that grows on live birch trees. White Birch, also known as Paper Birch, is a tree species that is abundant in the Loring-Restoule area of Ontario. The white birch is one of the easiest tree species to recognize due to its papery bright white bark; that stands out in the forest through all seasons of the year.
The most potent forms of Chaga Mushroom come from pristine northern forests of Ontario and Quebec. Chaga can be identified by its appearance that looks a lot like burnt charcoal…it is hard and dense like wood. This tree growth can take up to 20 years to mature, and should be sourced by those who are familiar with its age and properties. It is possible to purchase lab grown Chaga, but it does not have the potency or medicinal effectiveness of wild grown Chaga.
The Chaga mushroom steals nutrients from the growing tree over many years, making it packed full of health benefits. This type of mushroom has been praised by many as a superfood or “Mushroom of Immortality.”
Chaga is packed full of powerful antioxidants, has antifungal, anti-inflammatory and strengthens the immune system. This incredible mushroom has been praised my many as the king of the forest for centuries, but it still not widely known.
One of the most common ways to enjoy Chaga is in tea form. To make the tea, put a handful of Chaga in 1 litre of water and boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Leftover Chaga can be stored in the fridge and reused.
Chaga has a wide range of health benefits:
- Chaga mushrooms, when consumed on a regular basis can slow ageing, improve health and provide anti ageing benefits.
- Chaga mushrooms provide an anti inflammatory effect, stimulate metabolism in brain tissues, and restore balance in the body, boost vitality, life energy or “chi”
To learn more about ethically sourced Northern Chaga, visit the Argyle Farmers Market during July/August and our local vendors will be happy to explain its many benefits to you.