This mushroom was coined by the Japanese as the Dancing Mushroom, because when someone found one they would dance with joy knowing they will be in good health. Maitake is one of my personal favorite edibles for flavor. Hens grow in the fall, usually the end of September and into October. They most always grow at the base of Oak trees and there is usually more than one cluster, so check all sides! The health benefits of Hens are numerous:
*Immune system regulator
*Helps weight loss
*Cancer fighter- Reduces cancerous cell production and tumor growth, especially in breast cancer.
*Full of Vitamins B, C and D as well as Anti-Oxidants, Beta D Glucans and Potassium.
*Lowers Cholesterol levels and fights Diabetes
*Helps treat the side effects of Chemo
*Fights against flu and cold viruses
Maitake is a great additive to your medicine cabinet, especially in winter months when boosting your immune system is important in fighting off colds. It also shows great promise in our fight against cancer. Here’s a few helpful links: