Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chaga? and the Secret Reishi Tree

(Tinder Conk)Fomes fomentarius (not CHAGA!)
New England is so amazing this time of year, over the course of only two days Ive found many of the mushrooms I've been obsessing over and reading extensively about in the desert!  Today i went to check up on my secret Reishi tree (Ganoderma Lucidum) and decided to drive to some other woods near by and didn't find much since it's been a few days since the last rain but towards the end of my walk i looked up at a woodpecker and saw a tree covered in Chaga (Inonotud Obliquus).  I was so excited i started back down the trail to drive home and find a big ladder and on the way down the path i found two more trees with what i thought was Chaga.  So i settled for this specimen in the photo, not actually Chaga, but Tinder Conk (Fomes fomentarius).  It was the only one my ladder would reach. Tinder conk unlike Chaga does not have nearly the same amount of health benefits, but it still has some.  Including anti-cancer properties and it also acts as a immunemodulator, bring a bodies immune system right to where it needs to be.  It can also be used to start fires and make Amadou (a cloth type fabric leathery and almost wool like.

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