Medicinal Mushroom Chai

Birch polypore's growing up a birch tree in Ashdown Forest. The greener looking ones where from last year; mouldy and devoured by insects especially the woodlice.
Birch polypores growing up a Birch tree in Ashdown Forest. The greener looking ones are from last year – mouldy and devoured by woodlice and other insects.

A range of mushrooms can be bought, foraged or used in this recipe. Turkey tail, Birch polypore, Chaga and various species of Ganoderma all work well.

Always make triple sure you’ve identified the mushrooms correctly if you’ve foraged them yourself.

Take the following:

  • 2g of medicinal mushrooms
  • 1g of dried Astragalus root
  • 2g of ground coffee

Then add small selection of chai spices to taste:

  • Green cardamon pods
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Star anise
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cloves
  • Coriander seeds
  • Nutmeg

Boil up the medicinal mushrooms & Astragalus root in a pan filled with 4 cups of water for 40mins, with the lid on.  Adding any additional spices for the last 10mins and then finally the coffee for the last 5mins.

Why not try substituting coffee for black or green tea, Lapsang Suschong, Earl Grey or coffee alternatives like Yannoh, dandelion or barley cup?