The primary mushroom benefit is to serve as one of the minor pizza toppings! The secondary benefit is to add as a minor ingredient in a witches’ brew. A few things come to mind for many of us when we think of mushrooms.
Nonetheless, as I delve more into the wonderful family of plants and culinary delicatessens, I learn more about the medicinal and culinary properties of mushrooms.
Colorful, magical, mysterious – a few words that come to mind when I think about mushrooms. From culinary delicatessen, consciousness alteration (1), cleaning up pollution (2), to the “Stoned Ape Theory (3).” Not to mention the latest Start Track Discovery (4) episode where engineer Paul Statements travels through the stars employing interstellar mycelium.
Who is your Mushroom?
Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. It consists of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. Through the mycelium, a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment.
A mushroom is a reproductive structure produced by fungi. And, fungi have evolved in all kinds of extraordinary shapes and forms. There are more than 75,000 fungi species worldwide, and the list keeps growing. Fungi can be edible, poisonous, magical.
Fungi species is not a plant nor an animal! Instead, fungi fall under the opisthokonts – a group of organisms that includes both animals and fungus. The idea is that animals and fungi had a common ancestor at some point but went a separate path.
Fungi are made up of microscopically thin, tube-like hyphae. When they clump up together, these hyphae can often be seen as cobwebby threads in damp leaf litter, compost, or moldy food. Fungi eat by absorbing food through their hyphae walls, mostly in the form of simple sugars and amino acids. If these are not available, they can extract them from more complex substances by secreting enzymes. Animal, including us, use similar enzymes in the stomach to digest food (5).
So, today, I’d like to introduce one of my newly acquired friendly species called Lion Mane. I take in in a pill form, powder, and cook him on a non-stick pan or in the air fryer. I frost high-fat plant milk with a scoop of Lions Mane powder. I can feel a tiny boost in concentration and energy. It might be a placebo effect, but I suggest you try your own experiments for conclusions. I only buy organic certified mushrooms grown in the USA and recommend you to follow the lead.
Lion Mane belongs to the Hericiacase family. It resides in broadleaf woodland. It associates with older beech, maple, and oak and cuts of fallen logs. It is rare and a bit more expensive. A small container in whole foods goes for six bucks. However, it is super filling, yummy, and good for the main meal. It takes somewhat like sweet flavor like lobster.
It is trendy in Asia, where it is marketed as Money Head and grown on a variety of substrates, including cotton waste and sugar can culms packed in huge polypropylene bags. It is under scrutiny for a range of medicinal properties, from cancer inhibition to enchanting the immune system. In Europe, it is rare in the wild.
The Lion’s Mane forms a spectacular whitish cushion of tiered clusters of pendant spines or teeth, which can be as long as 3 in (80 mm) and look like a beard or mane. The fruit body is soft and white when young, sometimes with flesh-colored tints, becoming yellowish, then dirty brown when bruised or with age. It is normally broadly attached to the tree, with at most only a rudimentary stem (5).
Lions Mane Witches’ Brew Sushi
- Remove any dirt from your furry friend.
- Cut the mushroom into 1/2 inch steaks.
- Please place them in a dry pan.
- Cook for 5 to 7 minutes and flip.
- When the mushrooms have released water and start to brown, add a tablespoon of water.
- You can add spices as you cook or at the end.
- Don’t use oil for cooking, but if you wish, you can add a teaspoon after you turn off the heat.
- Heat the Frier
- Use shrimp setting for 5 minutes (370 degrees), keep shaking and checking
Pair up with nut dressing, salad, make it into a sushi wrap.
(1) Johns Hopkins Scientists Center For Psychedelic Research says Psychedelics Mushrooms could treat Alzheimer’s, depression, and addiction.
(3) Stoned Ape Theory – our ancestors found and consumed psychedelics mushrooms to help in gaining consciousness defined by Terence McKenna.
(4) In the Star Trek Discovery show, protagonist Paul Stamets (a character based on the real scientist) is an engineer who translates a real-world mycological science into science-fiction concepts. Stamets believes spores and mycelia organize the Universe as the “building blocks of energy across the universe.”
(5) The Book of Fungi: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World – If you are interested in the subject of Fungi, get that book! It includes amazing, well-written text and supportive data on many mushroom species. In the article, I tried to write what I learned about Lion’s Mane.