Lion’s Mane for the Win
How do I love Lion’s Mane, oh let me count the ways!
Take a walk with me in the depths of a lush forest.
Among the dark green foliage, and brown tree trunks lies this astounding mushroom.
A striking appearance; adorned with cascading white spines reminiscent of a lion’s majestic mane.
This unique mushroom, known as Lion’s Mane, has captivated people for centuries with its varied characteristics and applications.
Growing from the wounds
This beauty grows on trees and is often found in unhealed wounds like broken-off branches or damaged bark.
Although Lion’s Mane often grows on dead and decaying trees, it can also be found on live trees in hardwood forests & woodlands.
This mushroom is relatively easy to grow and cultivate assuming the temperature is right and the hardwood is present, basically late summer in North America, Europe, or Asia.
Why would I mention areas of cultivation and climate?
Because this mushroom happens to be deliciously edible too.
Lion’s Mane steak, a vegan delicacy
Should you have access to fresh Lion’s Mane, I do urge you to look up a recipe online and treat yourself.
Thick slices on the grill make for a wonderful Lion’s Mane steak that will surely impress you and your guests.
The consistency of this mushroom is similar to lobster while being fully vegan. Another win/win combination for your next dinner party.
So far, we’ve discovered that Lion’s Mane looks good, tastes good, and is relatively accessible. Surely that is plenty for one mushroom, right?
Wait, there’s more
Used by Buddhist Shaolin monks in their ancient practices to aid with meditation and awakening.
A lot of research is being carried out on the potential benefits of this astounding fungus.
Currently, most of these studies have not been carried out on humans but the results are intriguing.
Perhaps one of the better-known ambassadors of the Lion’s Mane mushroom is Paul Stamets.
He’s done a lot of research and brought a lot of attention to the magic that might lay within this functional fungi.
Whether you like to call it Lion’s Mane, Hericium erinaceus, mountain-priest mushroom, bearded tooth fungus, or bearded hedgehog, be sure to try some.
It’s a great supplement to help you on a day-to-day basis and is especially great when traveling.
Effective when used daily or as an impressively delicious meal, Lion’s Mane is a winner.
I can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up.
As always, flow strong.