For many years, this fungus’ heath benefits were based on folklore. But modern researchers are finding that it does offer numerous health benefits. Maitake grows in clusters at the base of trees, with mushroom caps between 3/4 and 2 3/4 inches in width. The stalk becomes tougher in maturation. Other names include sheep’s head, ram’s head, and hen-of-the-woods.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Temperate regions in Europe, Eastern Canada, the US (excluding the Pacific Northwest)
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Antitumor, hypoglycemic, antibacterial, hypotensive. Treats high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, hepatitis, poor immune system function, hay fever, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility caused by polycystic ovary syndrome, and the negative side effects of chemotherapy and other drugs from the treatment of cancer.
For all conditions, eat maitake mushrooms raw, sautéed, or in soups. You may also prepare an infusion by using 1 teaspoon maitake powder per cup boiling water. Maitake is widely available in capsule and liquid form. Administer 3 to 7 grams per day.