Grifola Frondosa (Maitake)
Grifola Frondosa (Maitake) – is a polypore mushroom that grows in clusters at the base of trees, particularly oaks. The mushroom is commonly known among English speakers as hen of the woods, hen-of-the-woods, ram's head and sheep's head. It is typically found in late summer to early autumn. In the United States' supplement market, as well as in Asian grocery stores, the mushroom is known by its Japanese name maitake "dancing mushroom". The mushroom is said to have gotten its name after people danced with happiness upon finding it in the wild.
This mushroom is a type of adaptogen. Adaptogens assist the body in fighting against any type of mental or physical difficulty. They also work to regulate systems of the body that have become unbalanced. While this mushroom can be used in recipes for taste alone, it’s considered to be a medicinal mushroom.
Although it has been used in Japan and China for thousands of years, the maitake has only gained popularity in the United States over the last twenty years.
Compared to other mushrooms, maitake has shown better results in preventing and treating cancer and other health conditions. It also has a positive effect on overall immunity.
They are rich in:
vitamins B and C