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More Palatable Ways to Prepare Reishi Mushrooms

By Mack Shepperson Subscribe to RSS | June 21st 2012 | Views:
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Asian countries, such as China, have long been enjoying the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and in recent times the rest of the world has joined in. Some mushrooms have significant medicinal and culinary properties. There are some, however, that are more of an acquired taste, to say the least.

One such mushroom is the reishi (scientific name: Ganoderma lucidum) which has been touted as the ‘mushroom of immortality’ by the ancient Chinese. It has been described as having a wood-like texture and a strong bitter taste, but its medicinal properties are quite potent since it reportedly promotes liver health and boosts the immune system. It also supposedly does wonders for that seasonal flu and combats altitude sickness. Listed below are just a few ways for you to prepare reishi to make it easier to swallow. You might be surprised how good reishi tastes when it is prepared correctly.

Reishi Tea

Reishi actually makes for a quite soothing hot tea drink. It is especially ideal to drink when you have the flu because it sooths whatever aches or soreness you might have. While most people have claimed that reishi tea is an acquired taste, you could add sugar or honey, fruit juice, green tea or ginger to enhance its flavor.

Reishi Chocolate Drink

Some might initially think that this bitter mushroom won’t make for a tasty dessert, but you’d be surprised. Keep in mind that chocolate is also bitter in taste and its flavors are only brought about by sweeteners, spices, and other ingredients added to it. Reishi mushroom extract could be enhanced with sugar, vanilla, or cinnamon and you’d be amazed at what a treat it is. You can’t even taste the bitterness of the reishi anymore and what you get would seem like a nice cup of cocoa with the added medicinal benefits of the mushroom.

Reishi Soup

Another great way to prepare reishi mushroom is to prepare it as a soup. It’s a great comfort food and relatively simple to prepare: just add chicken or vegetable stock, onions, or grated ginger root. You could even add it to your traditional chicken soup recipe and you’d tingle at how good it tastes.

While it may not be as delicious as other mushrooms like the culinary wonder shiitake, reishi could be turned into a delicious treat when prepared correctly. Reishi mushroom is also available in capsule form for those who prefer to take it in a more straightforward manner. Just go to health food stores or look for a reliable supplier online. If you are interested to learn more about reishi, as well as other medicinal mushrooms, you can check out altmedicine.about.com and mushroom-appreciation.com for more information.

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