When chaga infects a living birch tree, the tree tries to protect itself by creating a very dense layer of wood in order to compartmentalize the mushroom on the inside. When this happens the mushroom can consume everything on the inside of the tree but it can't attack any of the new growth. So the tree lives as a hollow tree that little animals can use as a home.
CHAGA DONE RIGHT! A MUST WITHOUT THE FUSS!
This is chaga as it was always meant to be. Just add 1/2 gram of extract to 250ml of hot water and you have a cup of chaga tea, instantly! The most amazing part of all is that the cost for a cup of chaga made from our extract is about the same as the cost of chaga prepared from loose chaga tea. More specifically, 1 gram of Greenfoot extract makes as much tea as 5 grams of dried ground chaga.
WHY IS OUR EXTRACT SO CHEAP?
If you prepare chaga correctly it has a very mild flavour reminiscent of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Anyone who drinks chaga regularly will know this. What most people don't know is that it acts as a powerful flavour enhancer for foods that have bitter notes as part of their profile, for example coffee, beer, wine and chocolate.
When I'm wearing my chef's hat, I like to use a powdered chaga extract (which can be aquired through Greenfoot) because it's versitile and convenient but if you don't mind the work you can use raw chaga too. Here's a few tips to get you started.
Chaga produces annual growth layers. These can be difficult to identify but can be seen in some conks if they are carefully split down the middle. In this particular conk I was able to identify 15 growth layers (marked with black lines in the photo) suggesting this conk was over 15 years old. It weighed about 1kg when it was dried or about 2.3kg when it was fresh. This is consistent with other data I've collected which suggests that chaga grows between 150g to 200g per year (fresh weight)
For years the medical community has been enthusiastically encouraging people to increase their intake of antioxidants. To truly appreciate the impact that an infusian of antioxidants can have on your health and well being you need to try chaga.
Chaga is one of the highest antioxidant foods ever discovered. More than this, it's antioxidants are of a special type known as superoxide dismutases (SOD). SOD are considered the most powerful of all antioxidants.
Dec 2, 2015
Grant delivers chaga mushroom samples to the Royal Ontario Museum's fugal department. The plan is to culture chaga mycelium which could then be used to initiated a tree inoculation program for woodlot owners interested in farming chaga.
Nov 6 to 15, 2015
Greenfoot introduces Life4ce Chaga Extract at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. The new extract sells very well and is received positively by customers.
About These Maps
The information on these maps shows where loggers are going to be cutting down birch trees. The virtue of harvesting chaga from these locations is that you create no net impact on chaga's sustainability.