LION’S MANE

SHORT HISTORY

Photo by M. Kuo

Legend has it that those who consumed Lion's Mane would have the memory of a lion and nerves of steel. Referred to as "Bearded Tooth," "Tree Hedgehog," or the "Pom-Pom Mushroom."

In Chinese, it is Hou Tou Gu meaning, "Monkey Head Mushroom", which is descriptive of its appearance. The Lion's Mane mushroom have been eaten as a culinary delicacy in Eastern Asia for centuries and as a natural tonic to heal people of various ailments. 

In Britain, the bearded tooth fungus is also known as the tree hedgehog fungus. It belongs to the family of the tooth fungi, which are rare in Britain, and associated with old trees. This species gets its popular name for its appearance that resemble a white hedgehog. 

BOTANY & FORAGING

Widely distributed in North America fruiting from the wounds of hardwoods, especially oak trees in late summer or fall, or over winter and spring in warmer climates.

The Pom-Pom mushroom often has a roundish fruit body with spines all emerging from the same point and cascading down like a mop head. White or pale yellow-brown turning darker with age.

Approximately 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 inches, across, consisting of one or two clumps of 1/2 to 2 inches long with soft spines hanging from a tough, hidden base that is attached to the tree.

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