I work out of my home in Asheville, North Carolina where I do all my Chaga and other medicinal mushroom processing and packaging. All my products are handmade and foraged locally. You can find my products at the French Broad Food Co-Op, Half Moon Market in Black Mountain, Mountain Sage in Hendersonville. I recently added my products to the High Country Food Hub in Boone, NC. Besides those places you can find me at the East Asheville Tailgate Market from 3-6pm on Fridays and the Black Mountain Tailgate Market on Saturdays from 9-12. Last year I have added the Yancey County Market in Burnsville, vending there once a month, that market runs from 8:30-12:30. I can be reached for an order anytime on my contact page or by phone, I ship or meet people locally. I also offer mushroom and plant tours throughout western North Carolina, areas including: Asheville, Black Mountain, Old Fort, Burnsville and Brevard. I also do private house visits!
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: