Picking first Reishi of 2016

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.

6 thoughts on “Picking first Reishi of 2016”

  1. Hi there, I think I may have these growing in my garden off the old railway sleepers. My garden is biodynamic too. Are they white on the top and grow out from the logs as a half moon shape? Do you have more photos of them on the tree, before you cut them. Thanks.


    1. Reishi has a stem, the bit I’m holding in the picture, that holds the cap, the semi-circular bit, away from the tree and the ground. If the caps of your mushrooms are growing up against the sleepers without stems then it is not Reishi. the white bit on the edge is the growing edge. Many bracket mushrooms have this feature. Also railways sleepers are impregnated with a host of chemicals preservatives so I would not recommend using any mushrooms growing on them.

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