Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane, Bear’s Head, and Bearded Tooth are versatile toothed mushrooms which can be used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. They are cultivated mushrooms with unique white or cream-colored spines rather than gills. The Pom Pom variation will grow in a singular ball of spines, while the Tufted variation will form tight branches.

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How to Find Lion’s Mane Near Me

Lion’s mane grows wild in a variety of regions, from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest to  New England, generally in cooler weather from 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit, and often on decomposing hardwood trees. They may grow on black walnut, oak, beech, elm, maple, or cherry trees, or indoors on sterilized sawdust. Because they can be cultivated, you may also find them at your local high-end grocery store. 

Lion’s mane benefits

Hericium mushrooms like Lion’s mane are “a well established candidate for brain and nerve health,” according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. The scientists specifically studied Hericium erinaceus, the Pom Pom variety, and found that “regular consumption may promote nerve and brain health. This is particularly useful during injury (as in accidents) or as we age.” These mushrooms also contain vitamins B12, D, and E, as well as magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc.

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Lion’s mane is described as having a light flavor similar to seafood. While you can enjoy it raw, dried, or cooked, its seafood-like taste and texture is best showcased when sautéed with butter and garlic. It provides a great alternative for those with seafood allergies. 

Lion’s mane can also be dried and used in teas, tinctures, and capsules for medicinal purposes. You’ll find lion’s mane in a variety of powders, tinctures, and capsules in our marketplace, as well as fresh and dried lion’s mane for your own creations.

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