The Lion's Mane mushroom is so-called due to it's resemblance to a lion's mane: large, shaggy, and white. Belonging to the genus Hericium, which means hedgehog, this mushroom is identified by its long spines and its growth on the trunks of hardwood trees. Lion's Mane is considered a saprophytic mushroom, which means it feeds on dead trees. In Japan, lion's mane is known as yamabushitake, which literally means "mushroom which sleeps in the mountains." Native to North America, Europe, and Asia, this mushroom is used in both culinary and medicinal practices.
Studies have shown Lion's Mane to benefit the mind as well as body! Traditional Chinese medicine practices recommend Lion's Mane for digestive issues and to treat gastric ulcers, whereas tribal use has historically been in the form of styptics for cuts and wounds.
Lion's Mane is immunomodulating, which means it helps regulate and normalize the immune system. Research data provides that Lion's Mane combats the affects of Alzheimer's, anxiety, dementia, depression, and Parkinson's disease by improving the development of new nerves and the function of existing nerves. Scientific researchers have discovered the compound erinacine has been found to be a potent neuro-protective anti-convulsant. Lion's Mane contains polysaccharides and polypeptides which work in conjunction to enhance the immune system and inhibit cancer as well as extend the life of cancer patients.
Lion's Mane has been described by chefs as rich, savory, and having a striation similar to a cooked chicken breast. Resemblance to meat notwithstanding, Lion's Mane is a popular meat alternative in many vegan recipes, and we think Lion's Mane mushrooms are delicious!
The Wicked Healthy Cookbook, a plant-based cookbook written by The Wicked Kitchen in the UK, has numerous recipes using Lion's Mane. Order some of our Lion's Mane and try out some of the recipes on their YouTube channel and be sure to let us know your results!
Lion's Mane mushroom is particularly popular grilled or sautéed. The meat-like texture makes Lion's Mane a great mushroom for grilling steaks, and since the mushroom is naturally moist many recipes can be made oil and butter-free!
Lion's Mane is edible, especially delicious sautéed, and possesses a similar texture to seafood which gives it versatility in the kitchen. Order some of our Lion's Mane and try the "Crab Cakes" recipe link below from our friends at Michigan Mushroom Company. Tag us in your photo on Instagram or send in your photo via our Contact Us page to be featured on our Instagram!
Ogden farmers market starts May 27th! We will be back in full production with all of our products back in stock. You can get everything at our booth, or order here for free local delivery and scheduled farm pick ups. We can't wait to see everyone again this summer market season!