Ever heard of chaga?
Yeah, neither had I until my amateur mycologist man taught me about it.
Chaga is a type of fungus that sometimes grows as a parasite on birch trees. It has been used for centuries as a medicine because it boosts immunities in the body, and therefore helps people fight off illness. Apparently, though, it’s a very rare mushroom.
Ryan mentioned it to me for the first time last year, saying that it was sort of a medicinal miracle. And as soon as he described it, I knew exactly what he was talking about — I’d seen it every single day when I was growing up. In fact, it’s all over the New England woodland. Chaga needs very cold temperatures and an undisturbed habitat to survive. That’s my home sweet home!
So when we went home last weekend, he was very excited to get searching. And, within minutes, he found an 8 pound hunk of the stuff right on my family’s land.
So, Ryan borrowed my Grandfather’s hatchet, and returned to the woods to harvest.
What a happy mushroom man…
(Disclaimer: Ryan had been studying this particular mushroom for a year before actually harvesting it. Make sure you know what you’re doing before ingesting anything you’ve picked from the forest.)