You've devoured mushrooms enfolded in tasty omelets or sprinkled atop your favorite pastas, but if you’re looking for a unique coffee alternative, try mushrooms in the form of tea as a coffee substitute!
Reishi mushroom, or Ganoderma lucidum, is a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It's Chinese name, ling chih, means "mushroom of immortality." Those drinking the tea continuously for two months report significant improvements in their well-being.
One of reishi's active ingredients, polysaccharides, is water-soluble. This makes mushroom tea a benefit to those with health concerns. Reishi mushroom tea is nontoxic and can be enjoyed daily without negative side effects. Additionally, the soft, flat reishi mushroom makes for one invigorating (and healthy) drink that can be used as an herbal alternative to coffee.
- Combine 1/3 ounce of chopped or powdered reishi mushroom with 3 cups of water
- Bring the tea to a boil and let it simmer for 30 minutes before enjoying