Enhance Health and Well Being with Dried Cordyceps
Cordyceps militaris is a mushroom with potential to be used in a number of applications. From increasing energy and lung capacity, to aiding in fertility, having cordyceps in the body is a great way to increase overall health and vitality, as well as prevent fatigue and the negative effects of aging. At Mushroom Revival, we use 100% fruiting bodies in our products — and dried cordyceps play an integral role in the process of creating our healing and revitalizing medicines.
Mushrooms undergo several physiological and morphological changes after harvest, which makes them unacceptable for direct consumption (1). Because mushrooms tend to be extremely perishable post-harvest, taking the steps necessary to obtain dried cordyceps is the best way to preserve them and prepare them for the next process.
History of Preserving Mushrooms
The ancient Egyptians believed that mushrooms were a gift from the God Osiris, and drawings of them can be found on the walls of temples, as well as on their clothing. Mushrooms have been consumed by humans for thousands of years, and to the Egyptians, were thought to bring immortality. The Chinese also considered mushrooms both a medicine and a food. Since drying is relatively easy, these ancient civilizations were able to enjoy mushrooms year round (2).
Dried Cordyceps: How Can We Utilize Them?
At Mushroom Revival, we use a dehydrator to ensure our cordyceps are completely dried before they are used to make our products. However, there are other ways to dehydrate them if you want to dry fresh cordyceps (or any mushrooms) at home! While it may seem tempting to throw them out in the sun, this tends to be a recipe for spoilage, and care should be taken if you decide to dry them at home. If drying outdoors is the desired method, the ideal way to do it is in the shade during low humidity days, preferably on wooden frames covered with polyethylene mesh. This will ensure that the mushrooms do not spoil, which could potentially cause gastrointestinal issues similar to eating spoiled meat (1).
Dried Cordyceps militaris has tons of uses. It’s certainly a great idea to use dried cordyceps in the common, obvious ways — such as brewing them into a tea, making a tincture out of them, or putting them into capsules. However, have you ever thought to turn these sensational organisms into art? Crafting with dried cordyceps is fun and relatively easy to accomplish!
Dried Cordyceps Crafts
As humans, we are constantly taking in and processing outside stimulation. When things are visually appealing to us, they have potential to offer us a sense of peace and joy, thereby improving our overall health and sense of wellbeing. When harvesting our cordyceps, we have had such a wonderful time observing the magnificent configurations these mushrooms create while growing. Some of them seem almost too pretty to consume, so perhaps there is another way to utilize them.
One creative use for these unique and beautiful formations could be to make art with them! One of the ways of doing this is to submerge dried cordyceps in epoxy to make a necklace, paper weight, or even to put on a keychain. Find and dry cordyceps on your own, or take advantage of the fact that we’ve done it for you!
Check out Mushroom Revival’s dried cordyceps or our double extracted tinctures made from 100% fruiting bodies. Enhance your health by utilizing these mushrooms to invite more wellbeing into your life — by making your own creative concoctions or art!
(1) (Martinez-Soto G., Torres-Reyes E., Bautista-Justo M. Drying of Pleurotus ostreatus mushrooms by sun drying and tunnel drying. Proceedings of the second inter-american drying conference “2nd Inter-American Drying Conference (IADC)”, July 8-10, 2001, Boca del Rio, Mexico, pp. 299-305).
(2) Abdel-Azeem, Ahmed & Abdel Azeem, Mohamed & A. Blanchette, Robert & Mohesien, Marwa & Salem, Fatma. (2016). The Conservation of Mushroom in Ancient Egypt through the Present.