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Reishi Mushrooms Are Taking Over the Food World — Here’s How to Use Them

If you feel like you’ve been seeing reishi mushrooms popping up everywhere these days, you’re not alone. If you also are wondering WTF they are…you’re not alone!

Reishi mushrooms are a type of fungus that can be eaten fresh or cooked, but it’s usually consumed as a powder, extract or tincture. Reishi is an adaptogen, a type of herb used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to help balance the system. There hasn’t been a ton of scientific research done on reishi, but according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, it could help boost immune response, have anti-inflammatory properties, help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and help with urinary tract functioning. Aside from all that, it’s also loaded with antioxidants.

Reishi has an earthy flavor that pairs well with things like chocolate and coffee, making it an excellent superfood addition to desserts and morning coffees alike. Try adding a sprinkle or a drop to your next meal or take inspiration from one of these 10 recipes.

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