Mushroom News: Stamens publishes research on honey bees and mushrooms

Paul Stamets and his team of researchers have just published the results of their research into the health benefits of mushrooms for honey bees. Read the full paper here:

Extracts of Polypore Mushroom Mycelia Reduce Viruses in Honey Bees

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32194-8.pdf

Picking first Reishi of 2016

Started picking the first of this years crop of reishi today. Always a very beautiful mushroom. The latin name is Ganoderma lucidum. Ganoderma means shiny skin and lucidum means bright. As you can see from the picture it lives up to its name.

Reishi commonly known as the mushroom of immortality has been revered for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. In traditional Chinese medicine they are regarded as cure all and have been shown to have beneficial effects on immune dysfunction, sugar regulation, liver ailments, fatigue and more. The Chinese name is Ling Zhi.

We will be harvesting reishi over the next few months, it is a slow growing. The next step is to dry them and then they should be ready for our farmers markets from August onwards.