Lion’s Mane is a wonder mushroom that has been used for thousands of years by traditional herbalists to support the brain and nervous system, improve cognitive function and boost digestive health. It has become hugely popular for its positive effects on cognitive function and its reported ability to restore damaged nerves. It is a choice edible and is known as the smart mushroom because of this.
Lion’s Mane fruits in the summer on hardwood logs. Oaks, maples and even Ailanthus logs will support the growth of this excellent gourmet mushroom. The mushrooms grow well on oaks and are managed very similarly to shiitake.
It is one of the more exotic-looking mushrooms, yet native to Virginia forests. It also goes by the names Pom Pom, Bearded Hedgehog, and Monkey’s Face. Its distinctive flavor and texture are reminiscent of seafood, but with a more firm and chewy texture than most other mushrooms. It’s delicious cooked over low heat and is similar to crab or lobster, or scallops.
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