This mushroom is known as chicken of the woods because of its overall flavor and texture. This yellow-pored mushroom is widely found in eastern United States and Canada on hardwoods.
As companies vie for market share, the truth about these important natural products can be stretched, sometimes beyond scientific credibility.
I became an herbalist in 1972. And yet, for nearly two decades, with the exception of eucalyptus and peppermint oils, I was unaware of the health benefits of essential oils. It wasn’t until I attended the first American Aromatherapy Conference in Napa Valley in the late 1980s that I became most intrigued and fascinated with their healing powers.
Chaga, Inonotus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilát is a conk living on birch trees throughout the northern hemisphere. It is considered a sterile conk, but does produce small fruiting bodies that appear after the tree has fallen down, for up to six years. It has been widely used in folk medicine in Russia, Poland and other Baltic countries for a wide variety of gastric problems, cancer, tuberculosis, as well as heart and liver concerns.
Did you hear the one about the fungus and the algae?
They took a “lichen” to each other.
Lichen comes from the Greek leiko to lick or lick up, a habit of the “plant” to lap its tongue all over the host. However, “lichen” may come from the Greek “leprous, wart or eruption,” as Dioscorides thought they resembled the skin of afflicted people, and used the Doctrine of Signatures as an attempted cure. The French scientist, Tournefort named them around 1700 AD.
It is no dream!
Matsutake are growing On the belly of the mountain
When I first began my journey into mushroom identification, various genera stumped me time and again. But none were trickier for me than the various species of Tricholoma. White spores, central fleshy stipe, gills adnexed-to- sinuate and no ring or volva, I would repeat to myself.
SPEAKERS CORNER: Author, Mycologist, Herbalist Robert Rogers in converstaion with Chad Cornell.
Herb Walks and Talks
FROM THE FILM OUR COMMON ROOTS WITH CHAD CORNELL
- Uva Ursi/Usnea
- Birch/ Chaga
- Medicine Wheel
- Wild Harvesting
- Juniper/Garlic, Bentonite Clay
- Rosemary, Wormwood, Calamus
- Mullien, Frankincense
- Greeting Our Green Community- Wormwood, Pineapple Weed, Plantain and Aloe
- Barnyard Herbs
- Red Clover
- Tobacco, Lobelia
- San Pedro/Holy Basil, Sage