The obligatory yearly Summer Reishi selfie!
I love this mushroom + I sometimes feel like I ONLY want to grow Reishi
I was able to isolate this mushroom & start growing it almost ten years ago, which I found growing on a living Red Oak tree in the city of Rochester in the traditional lands of the haudenosaunee.
This Reishi breaks all the rules and loves proving mushroom growing bros wrong all the time.
No, it hasn’t been to grain in years, no it doesn’t go to Petri dishes, it just keeps growing... sawdust to sawdust allllll day.
It doesn’t care what the books say about growing a mushroom. If we went by the book, we wouldn’t even have this mushroom with us anymore.
This mushroom exemplifies how I desire Mycology and our growing world to be like, more rule breaking, boundless, surprising, resilient and radical. This culture doesn’t care about any patents and trademarks, it grows & keeps providing.
This culture is CULTURE
Creating life, fertility, love, health and wonder!
Then we have people in this plane being like, “Thats not the REAL Reishi because is not true Ganoderma lucidum”
This mushroom relative holds medicine. Year after year we’re making tincture, drying it’s fronds & making space for this mushroom. It doesn’t need to be DNA sequenced to prove that it is potent.
If you really need to put this in a different category of existence and not see what this holds then maybe we aren’t sharing the same pot of tea.
Then we have the thread of folks that don’t even think ANY REISHI hold medicinal properties, because it hasn’t been “proven,” cool, more for us ;) Basically. I’m going to keep nurturing this mushroom, this polypore, this ancestor, this wisdom given. It hasn’t failed me yet. It hasn’t taken anything, it’s only given & gifted so so much. I’m in gratitude for its abundance.
I’m proud & honored to keep this culture growing and sharing it to those who will feel the same.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing this develop into beautiful conks of glimmering lacquered shapes of love.
Keep growing and shinning!
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