What is that weird black stuff that grows on Birch Trees? It just so happens that the weird black thing growing on your Birch tree is a valuable mushroom used to make chaga tea. We have a tremendous amount of Chaga mushroom/fungus growing in the forest on our property. This short video shows you how to find and identify this medicinally useful fungus which grows on Birch Trees in northern climates.
It’s important to harvest the fungus in a fashion that allows the chaga mushroom to regrow for future harvests. Harvesting too much can kill not only the chaga mushroom, but also the tree in extreme cases.
Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as Chaga mushroom is a parasitic fungus that grows on living birch trees. The fungus relies on nutrient uptake through the tree in order to grow. When the birch tree dies, so does the fungus.
Chaga is traditionally grated into a fine powder and used to brew a beverage resembling coffee or tea.
Chaga has many potential health benefits including but not limited to:
•Slowing the aging process
•Preventing and fighting cancer
•Lowering blood pressure
•Supporting the immune system
•Lowering blood sugar