CHINESE POPULAR NAME — LINGZHI
JAPANESE POPULAR NAME — MANNETAKE
Reishi Mushroom is one of the most beloved of all precious food. It has been recognized as a medicinal mushroom for over 2000 years, and its powerful effects have been documented in ancient scripts. Its original detailed description was found in China’s first Pharmacopeia book during the Eastern Han Dynasty(25–220 AD).
As described in this script, the mushroom was attributed with therapeutic properties such as tonifying effects, enhancing vital energy, strengthening cardiac function, increasing memory and antiaging effects. Many studies conducted during the past 30 years have shown significant data supporting its positive health benefits.
JAPANESE POPULAR NAME — YAMABUSHI-TAKE
OTHER COMMON NAME — MONKEY'S HEAD
Lion’s mane is well renowned as a gourmet mushroom. To some, it has a flavour similar to lobster; to others, it is reminiscent of eggplant. The taste is greatly affected by the maturity of the harvested mushroom, their moisture content, the method of cooking, and also particularly by the other foods that are cooked with this fungus.
Outside of the gourmet world, Lion’s Mane has also gained renewed attention because of its medicinal properties. A patent recently awarded in Japan showed that it produces Eninacines, strong stimulators to the nerve growth factor synthesis. These compounds stimulate neurons to regrow, potentially significant in the treatment of senility, Alzheimer’s disease and other beneficial gains.