Wild Chaga Mushroom Tea
|Jar sizes||1.2 oz & 2.4 oz|
Maine is blessed to host one of the most esteemed medicinal mushrooms in the world: Inonotus obliquus, known commonly as Chaga. Considered one of the three 'mushrooms of immortality' (alongside Reishi and Shiitake), Chaga has been used for hundreds of years by people living in the Siberian mountain region of northern Russia.
Chaga is known for its ability to concentrate health-boosting compounds found in living birch trees (like betulinic acid). Within the mushroom, there are also several bioactive molecules, including beta-glucans, triterpenoids, and phenolic compounds that are believed to provide a range of health benefits.‡ When turned into a tea, it makes a delicious and warming beverage known for its use as a preventative medicine.
Our Chaga tea is wildcrafted from forests in Maine. We start by seeking out native Chaga conks, then carefully breakdown the Chaga into smaller chunks that we air dry. When the Chaga has hardened and lost its moisture content we grind it using a turn-of-the-century food mill that allows for easy preparation of our tea.
Simmer 1 tbsp in 4-6 cups of water for at least 20 minutes, or until the water is opaque and resembles back coffee. Strain the grounds out of the water and set aside. Grounds may be reused 2 or 3 times (make sure to simmer for extra time or follow the 'looks like black coffee' rule). Add cream and maple syrup to taste.
- Immunomodulatory activity 
- Immunity enhancement 
- Anti-fatigue activity 
 Wold, C. W., Gerwick, W. H., et al. (2020). Bioactive triterpenoids and water-soluble melanin from Inonotus obliquus (Chaga) with immunomodulatory activity. Journal of Functional Foods, 71, 104025.
 Peng, H., & Shahidi, F. (2020b). Bioactive Compounds and Bioactive Properties of Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) Mushroom: A Review. Journal of Food Bioactives, 12.
 Zhang, C. J., Guo, J. Y., Cheng, H., Li, L., Liu, Y., Shi, Y., Xu, J., & Yu, H. T.
(2020). Spatial structure and anti-fatigue of polysaccharide from Inonotus obliquus. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 151, 855–860.
Do not consume if you are allergic to mushrooms.
While mushroom extracts are natural, it’s important that you consult a physician before taking any supplement if you have a health condition or are taking prescription medications. Chaga can potentially interact with medications prescribed to suppress the immune system, regulate blood clotting, and regulate blood sugar.
‡These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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I’ve often wondered....
How Chaga tasted and ‘worked’. Now I have both enjoyed the tea and learned more thru North Spore. I wish there was a way to inoculate some of our trees ! ( we have a small family farm with nice hardwood and a few birch). Thank you North Spore for your desire to spread the shroom word!
I fully expected this to be a "hold your nose and swallow" tea that was more about the health benefits of Chaga and less about the taste. But, wow! I was wrong. The taste is incredible, very similar to a black tea. Throw in some cream or milk and maple syrup and its dessert-like. Even my kids, ages 11 and 8, love to drink this tea. The tea comes in a little container which is the perfect size to store away. The instructions are straightforward. I have no problem straining the grounds or just letting them settle in the pan and scoop out the tea above it. This tea is a great way to get a daily dose of Chaga, especially through out the winter. My family and I will be drinking this for a long time.