Ganoderma lucidum: Beautiful waxy reddish-brown shelf-like fruit bodies are a highly prized immune-boosting medicinal used to treat a long list of ailments.
Plug Spawn- great for first time mushroom log growers. Used for small projects. 1-10 logs
Inoculation: Reishi likes any of the three methods and colonizes in 12-24 months. It prefers Oak and fruits in the Summer. After a 1-year colonization period above ground, Reishi logs may be buried under 2 inches of top soil to mimic its natural method of production. Mushrooms will fruit from the logs and emerge from the soil. *NOTE this species of Reishi grows on hardwoods and is genetically different from the species that grows on Hemlock trees. This spawn will not work in Hemlock wood!
Reishi mushrooms are great for enthusiast growers who have had some success with other species. Reishi works best when fully colonized logs are buried underground. This is a species that is cultivated on logs commercially in Asia. Most commercial producers in North America grow Reishi indoors.
Cooking: Not for culinary use but recommended for teas and tinctures. To make a tea, break Reishi into pieces and simmer in water for two hours.
Properties: Known commonly as the 'Mushroom of Immortality' in Chinese, Reishi is a highly esteemed medicinal mushroom thought to promote longevity and overall health. Studied most for its ability to boost the immune system, Reishi extracts stimulate T-cell action, Natural Killer cell activity, and Dendritic cell maturation (Gao, 2004). Other pharmacological effects of Reishi extract include the following: anti-infammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, promotes anti-tumor activity, and acts as a central depressant to relax muscles (Hobbs, 1995; Gao et al., 20014).