Villa San Ignacio | Hotel near San Jose and Alajuela | Costa Rica

The Immortal Reishi

The Lucky Mushroom
The Lucky Mushroom

Did you know that you can find Reishi in Costa Rica? Experts tell you not to seek this wild mushroom near cities, but you can find Reishi in and around the Central Valley. Discovering these medicinal wonders does not mean peal it off the tree trunk and take a bite of a raw mushroom. Animals have gut enzymes to digest raw mushrooms. We humans do not. See them in their resplendent bloom for a photograph, but don’t plan on departing the country with tropical mushroom souvenirs.

Reishi Mushroom
Reishi Mushroom

Here are only a few of the many intriguing facts about Reishi mushrooms.

  1.  “Reishi” in Japanese means the supernatural mushroom. Most cultures embrace the vast medicinal value of Reishi. Some refer to it as the “mushroom of immortality.”
  2. All types of wild Reishi hold more Jing (the primal life force in living beings) and Shen (consciousness, emotions, and thought). Edible mushrooms that grow in the wild also have more Qi (adaptive vitality that allows it to endure harsh environments and changing climates).
  3. Reishi mushrooms continue to grow for years; however, the fruiting bodies are often eaten by animals or harvested by humans within a year of sprouting.
  4. Reishi contains hundreds of biologically active constituents. It’s medicinal value benefits every cell of the human body.
  5. An intensely bitter taste indicates that it is a better, more potent Reishi mushroom.
  6. People sometimes keep Reishi mushrooms around for good luck. We could all use a little Reishi right now!