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Medicinal Mushrooms

Presented by Henry Kilpatrick.

Mushrooms have been used in Asia for medicinal purposes for a very long time. While most of the mushrooms to be discussed are cultivated in Asia rather than harvested in the wild, some of the same or similar species may be found in the wild in the US. Others may be purchased as “food supplements” or as spawn or kits for home cultivation. This workshop will cover 20-30 mushrooms that are of known medicinal value, provide descriptions of each, discuss the available medical literature as well as the general field guides and websites, the marketers of the mushrooms and the variations in quality of those sold specifically as food supplements. It may also include a short field trip on the grounds if it is likely that any of these varieties could be found in the immediate area. This will depend on temperature, rainfall, etc. It is known by the instructor that the habitat supports several of these varieties, including those commonly known as reishi and turkey tail.

 

 

 

 

 

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