nature's Apothecary

Mushrooms are understated, but extremely powerful - and we think that's pretty cool. They provide a great source of healthy protein when eaten, and natural medicine (known as biotherapeutic) when properly prepared. Unlike other cultures, the US tends to overlook the value of mushrooms, with most people only being familiar with a few types found at the grocery. We are part of the movement to change that.

Medicinal mushrooms blends are packed with antioxidants and have been used as healing tools for thousands of years. We grow varieties with origins from Asia to Appalachia, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation & pain, enhance brain function, regulate blood sugar & pressure, fight fatigue, promote digestion and restore overall health - to name just a few. 

Culinary mushrooms are an eco-friendly and very cost-effective source of vegan protein, but are under-utilized in most US cooking routines. 

We want to increase exposure to varietals and knowledge of how to grow & cook with mushrooms, and to unlock their powerful health benefits through products that people will actually use through access & education..

Our mushrooms & mushroom products are available at the Mercantile, local specialty retailers, markets and through Chef partnerships at local restaurants throughout the Triad.

 

 

 

 

 Dried Reishi Mushrooms (Medicinal), ready to be ground into powder form

Dried Reishi Mushrooms (Medicinal), ready to be ground into powder form

 Cold Blue Oyster Mushrooms (Culinary)

Cold Blue Oyster Mushrooms (Culinary)

Note: While studies of medicinal mushrooms are more than promising across the world and in the US, the FDA has not evaluated these statements and are not intended to cure, treat or prevent any disease. We always recommend that you evaluate use with your health care professional to ensure best results. 

Like a good read? Check out some of the ongoing research into medicinal & culinary mushrooms. If you'd like to explore further, we recommend the National Institute of Health National Library of Medicine as a great starting point.

Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.                                                                                                                                  Chapter 9: Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) - A Medicinal Mushroom                                                                                                               Sissi Wachtel-Galor, John Yuen, John A. Buswell, and Iris F. F. Benzie.                                                                                                                        Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011.                                                                    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/#ch9_sec9       

Mushroom Polysaccharides: Chemistry and Antiobesity, Antidiabetes, Anticancer, and Antibiotic Properties in Cells, Rodents, and Humans Mendel Friedman                                                                                                                                                                                                        Charles Brennan, Academic Editor                                                                                                                                                                      PMCID: PMC5302426  2016 Nov 29.                                                                                      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5302426           

Immune Modulation from Five Major Mushrooms: Application to Integrative Oncology                                                                                            Alena G. Guggenheim, ND, Kirsten M. Wright, BS, and Heather L. Zwickey, PhD,                                                                                PMCID: PMC4684115  2014 Feb; 13(1): 32–44, Copyright ©2014 InnoVision Professional Media          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684115/

Indian Medicinal Mushrooms as a Source of Antioxidant and Antitumor Agents                                                                                  Thekkuttuparambil A. Ajith1 and Kainoor K. Janardhanan                                                                                                                      PMCID: PMC2275760  2007 May; 40(3): 157–162                                                                                                                                                    Copyright © 2007 JCBN J Clin Biochem Nutr                                                                                https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2275760/

Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life                                                                                                                María Elena Valverde, Talía Hernández-Pérez, and Octavio Paredes-López                                                                                                    Academic Editor: Maurizio Sanguinetti                                                                                                                                                      PMCID: PMC4320875  2015 Jan 20.                                                                                                                                                                                    Copyright © 2015 María Elena Valverde et al.                                                                                            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/