What is Chaga?
As I mentioned in this post, Chaga is a wild, medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees. It’s one of the best sources of antioxidants around, and has an extremely long list of health benefits (check out this list). It has a nice mild flavor, it’s a nice alternative to caffeinated drinks, and tastes great hot or cold.
How do you make it?
- A crock pot is the easiest and safest way to prepare it – since you can pretty much set it and forget it ( I also like that crock pots are ceramic on the inside, so (hopefully) you’re not making your tea in a pot that’s leaching metals)
trust me – it tastes better than it looks!
- Put a couple of small pieces (or one large piece) in the pot, fill it up with spring water (with a little bit of room at the top) and set it on low for about 8 hours (or longer).
- You’ll know its ready when it’s dark like coffee. You can do it before you go to bed so it will be ready in the morning.
- You can continue to add water until it doesn’t get dark anymore – then start over with new pieces.
- It tastes great on its own (hot or iced) or with a little bit of almond milk (or organic cream..etc..) + the sweetener of your choice
I get my chaga from Keystone Herbs – but if you’re lucky you can find it growing where you live.
Let me know if you try it!