Here is a large mushroom I found in the woods along the Suncook River, here in the Free State. I believe it to be an old “Chicken of the Woods” or Laetiporus sulphureus (click here for more-> http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/laetiporus-sulphureus.php ), but there are a number of varieties within this medicinal species (polypore). Look how it grows at the base of the oak tree, this is common with these mushrooms. I did not harvest this nice big specimen, instead I left it to spread throughout the forest.
I would like to get to the point where I am growing my own medicinal mushrooms and selling them for their culinary value and incorporating them into medicinal formulas, etc.
Mycelium, better known as fungi or mushrooms, are among the oldest living organisms on the planet. They play a critical role in the lifecycle, breaking down dead material and transforming it into useful substrates, such as soil. Many mushrooms provide human society with an array of medicinal compounds that are useful in treating various cancers and immuno-suppessive diseases.
Please listen to Paul Stamets as he explains “Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World” at -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwAKUH4PoSw