And on mushrooms, a must listen to is Paul Stamets
And some more Chaga values:
Additional comment by Bro from the Movable Feast Cafe:
Bro 93 on June 08, 2019 · at 8:47 am EST/EDT
A russian psychiatrist in St Petersburg proudly informed me that mushrooms in Russian forests are Russia’s “strategic protein reserve”.
Jared Diamond (“Collapse!” and “Guns, Germs, and Steel” author and New Guinea anthropological specialist) used his fear of poisonous mushrooms in an incident in the forest of New Guinea with his hosts to argue that their intelligence may exceed those of Western Man.
HIs hosts ridiculed his fear, called him a fool and explained that they knew all of the uses and non-uses of every single mushroom species, since early childhood.
However they had one word, for every single “non-natural” thing that arrived in New Guinea either by sea or by air:
- This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by amarynth.
What Chaga does on a birch tree is actually healing a wound (from a storm, broken branches or human interference).
If you harvest it with care. You can actually go back some years later to harvest again.
Unfortunately, even in this country, because it is increasingly known to be “popular” in some circles, you get all the idiots
with dollar signs in their eyes (it is as you know VERY expensive) hunting for profit only, not caring for the tree, and the Chaga.
Next week we will be visiting a tree my wife and daughter harvested some years back, and if no idiots has been around since then, we can harvest a bit again.
I will bring a camera. of course.
My youngest daughter harvested a big one last week (4 kg’s!!)
Unfortunately she did not take any pictures, except for the process of preparing it.
Haven’t seen them yet.
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