( Grifola frondosa )
The English common name is Chicken of the woods, so that gives us a hint of how it tastes, it tastes like chicken. Maitake grows in North America, Europe, and Asia. It was the preferred mushroom of the Roman dining table, and is still considered to be one of the best wild mushroom in the world. Because it is hard to find in the woodland, it has long been in the same league as the truffle in availability and price. Not long ago A Japanese researchers devised a way to grow maitake commercially, so maitake went from a hard to find delicacy to a available product. The good news about it is, it has been found to be one of the most powerful immune stimulants around.
Aids with: sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, cystitis, herpes, colds, and cancer.
Contemporary animal research shows that maitake stimulates the natural defense system against infectious disease and cancer. Maitake was shown to stimulate the production of macrophages and natural killer cells, the white blood cells responsible for attacking bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Experiments have shown that maitake contains compounds that directly inhibit microbes. Maitake helps the body keep itself well. If you have been diagnosed with cancer,( other than leukemia), use it for 1 month, then go off of it for 1 month. Keep repeating this month on, month off cycle. If you find after 2 months there is no change, than try the herbale alternatives echinacea or yarrow. If using maitake tablets, buy products made only with powered, dried maitake mushroom. It is available in health food stores, mail orders, Web sites.
Never pick mushrooms by your self, take someone who knows them well.