first encounter in the forest was a colony of
mushrooms that were growing on a downed, dead
Hemlock tree on a friend's property at the lake.
soon as I saw them, I jumped with delight because
I knew that they were Reishi mushrooms
prized for their medicinal value. Though these
were small, they were mature and ready for
Young Reishis are tender and can be eaten by
thinly and sauteeing. They can also be made into
or tincture to be used medicinally. Within the
Reishi mushrooms have increased in popularity
evidenced by the now numerous Reishi products
currently on the market.
seeking permission from my friends, I harvested
the above 'baby' Reishis as soon as possible,
slugs were already beginning to feast on them. As
turned out, the slugs rendered the Reishis
In a few short days they rotted and had to be
Thus early on in 'shrooming' I learned a cardinal
harvest your find(s) quickly before someone
something else beats you to it!