Chaga mushrooms are used to make medicinal tea which boosts immunity and is anti-inflammatory. For the uninitiated, chaga mushrooms grown on birch trees. More than a mushroom, it resembles a dark clump of dirt, but it is distinguished from other growths thanks to its orange tissue. This exotic tea has an earthy taste and is quite easy to prepare! All you need is chaga mushroom chunks and water. So, let’s brew some chaga tea, shall we?
Bring a cup of water to boil in a kettle or saucepan and switch the heat off.
Add chaga powder or 1-inch chaga chunks to the boiled water.
Cover and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Some people prefer to steep it for 30 minutes for stronger extraction of bioactive ingredients.
The tea water will be a reddish brown in color. Strain the chaga tea and enjoy it hot or cold! You may choose to add maple syrup or honey for flavor.
You can re-use the chaga chunks or powder for a second large brew if desired, but the potency will be reduced. It is advisable to increase the steep time with each re-use as the strength of chaga reduces consecutively.
If you have a big chunk of chaga, it is better to best to break it into smaller units of 1 inch each to make chaga tea. You will have to use a hatchet or a very sturdy knife. However, it is best to powder the mushroom chunks.
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