Ganoderma tsugae – Hemlock Reishi

Reishi mushrooms have been used medicinally in Asia for over 2,000 years. Hemlock reishi (Ganoderma tsugae) fruit in New England from May-June. Hemlock reishi are most often found on dead or dying Eastern Hemlock trees. They like to grow near running water. Reishi are known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”. They can be used medicinally […]

Ganoderma applanatum – Artist’s Conk

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum) is a common mushroom that can be found worldwide. It can be found on living and dead trees, primarily hardwoods. Artist’s conk is both a parasitic and saprobic fungus. It is particularly known to decompose beech and poplar trees. Artist’s conks are perennial mushrooms that can grow up to 2 feet […]

Ganoderma curtisii – Golden Reishi

The Golden Reishi (Ganoderma curtisii) is a saprobic or parasitic mushroom. It can be found on living or dead hardwood trees east of the Rocky Mountains. The golden reishi fruits May-November. Ganoderma curtisii used to be classified as part of the Ganoderma lucidum complex. Ganoderma lucidum is now known to be a primarily European species, […]

Hemlock Reishi, The Mushroom of Immortality

Hemlock Reishi Mushroom

Written by Amy Demers of the Connecticut Foraging Club Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma sp.) have been used medicinally for over 2,000 years in Asia to promote health and longevity. There are at least 80 Ganoderma species in the world, three of which have been found in New England. Ganoderma lucidum, known as “Lingzhi” in China and […]