CHAGA is a slow maturing mushroom which grows primarily on birch trees, obtaining nutrients from its host and making these nutrients available to us.
Chaga resembles a piece of burnt charcoal; therefore it is sometimes referred to as “Tinder Mushroom”.
Throughout history, Wild Chaga has been most widely consumed as a naturally caffeine-free tea. This delicious tea has a subtle woodsy vanilla flavour, and is hand picked in the wild Canadian boreal forest of Ontario and Quebec by Northern Mushroom. Chaga is a non-renewable resource so some of the chaga is left on each tree so that it can replenish itself.
All Medicinal Mushrooms may be rich in polysaccharides and super immune enhancing components. They may contain dozens of compounds that help boost the immune system and detoxify the body of certain synthetic chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA) found in plastics. CHAGA may also contains the highest amount of anti-tumor, anti-mutagenic compounds of any medicinal mushroom known, especially in the form of betulinic acid.
Ingesting chaga tea may offer some of the following benefits:
From Northern Mushroom:
Where do we harvest? -We harvest in Northern Ontario, Canada. The forest areas are in low populated areas with tree density of 30%-50% white and yellow birch.
Do we harvest sustainably?- We keep 10%-15% of the Chaga on the tree, so regrowth can occur. By keeping 10% - 15% of the Chaga on the tree we can avoid the risk of harvesting too deep and further damaging the tree or killing the tree entirely.
What is Chaga? - Chaga is a parasitic mushroom that grows on white and yellow birch trees. It has many medicinal properties that makes Chaga; a mushroom of vast interest in the herbal medicine world.
Do we use all the Chaga mushroom (Even the outer shell)? - Absolutely. The main source of anti-oxidants in the Chaga Mushroom are present in the shell of the Chaga (Chitin containing Melanin). Blending the inner core and shell to make our products.
Do we buy Chaga?- Absolutely not; As we intend on keeping this mushroom around we discourage small businesses to large businesses to not buy Chaga at a lower rate. This encourages people to over-harvest and harvest without controlled conditions such as location, volume, and quality. We will not risk these factors on the intention of getting a lot of potentially poor quality Chaga from people over-harvesting to make a profit. We are proud to say we have harvested every single piece of Chaga on our own conditions with controlling said factors.
1-2 chunk of chaga and boil for 1-3 hours with filtered water until the water turns dark, like coffee. There are quicker ways to prepare chaga, but at O-JOE we believe that honouring the slow boil process will yield the best results.
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