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What Kind of Chaga Should I Buy?   

Chaga 101:  Types of chaga applications:

1.  Raw fine powder 

All raw chaga products are required to be steeped like tea in very hot water and is water-soluble.  There is limited benefit in ingesting raw powder and is not recommended due to its sharp coarse nature no matter how fine. (Our EXTRACTED powder CAN be added to food and drink) This being our most fine powder, also contains white flecks of birch bark.  The fine particles of chaga can be filtered with a tight mesh filter or one can allow the particles to float to the bottom of the cup without the need for a filter. Plants love the leftover chaga grounds!

2. Raw ground powder 

The particle size of this chaga is similar to ground coffee and is larger than fine powder and is not for ingesting raw. This must also be steeped with very hot water as one would with tea. 

3.  Extracted powder 

This application is water dissolvable and is added directly to food or liquid without the need for steeping. This is a hot water extracted powder is the quickest and easiest application to use chaga if one does not want to take the time to steep.This is our only chaga product that is not harvested here in Maine USA. 

4.  Chaga Extract liquid

Raw chaga has undergone a double extraction with hot water and grain alcohol through a long process.  In this method all of the water-soluble AND non-water soluble components have been released.  This can be ingested directly or added to any food or drink. Many people use this liquid extract along with any of the chaga teas. 

5. Chaga Tea Chunks 4oz. or Chaga Bulk Chunks 15oz.

4 oz bag of chunks are our premium chunks. They are more uniform in size and shape and contain more chunks with the black crust than our 15oz bulk bag. Only the black crusted chunks make your tea dark in color and taste.

15 oz Bulk Chunks  This price is much less than our premium chunks because they are of various sizes and shapes and densities. Some chunks are heavier and some are light weight like cork.  They will not be precise cut or equal sizes and many will be irregular in shape. The bag contains approx. 10-15% of chunks with the black crust so the chunks without any black crust will steep a much lighter color and minimal taste. Importantly, the color and taste does reflect the quality of the chaga as it only reflects the one black colored component within the black crust. 

Our chaga is grown 100% on birch trees in the wild and not cultivated or grown on rice or wood shavings.

Chaga (chemical name is Inonotus Obliquus) is a slow-growing wild mushroom that is found mainly on birch trees in select cold regions of the world, including our Western Maine Mountain region of North America near the Canadian border.

Birch chaga mushroom in the woods of Maine.
Birch chaga mushroom in the woods of Maine.

The mushroom feeds on the birch for many years. When the tree eventually dies the fungus then falls off and the spores are released into the air. The airborne spores then land on another host tree that has a deep bark injury to begin the process again. Chaga is wild harvested after it has sustained a growth of 10-35 plus years. Laboratory cultivating of this mushroom is being done by a handful of companies world-wide. However, the "whole food" chaga mushroom is a more desirable than one grown in a commercial setting. Cultivated chaga does not grow the black outer crust as it does in the wild. Our chaga is 100% grown on birch trees in the wild as nature intended and commercially grown. We use sustainable harvesting practices to help reduce any risk of over harvesting.

Chaga is odorless, near tasteless and light to dark brown in color depending upon how much of the black crust is used in steeping.

Maine Chaga Extract Liquid:

When an alcohol extract is made, the taste of the alcohol will be present.  It may be taken with any liquid. The alcohol contained in the extract has several functions. It acts as a natural preservative and releases the water-soluble AND non water-soluble components.  When chaga is cultivated and grown on grain, rice, or wood shavings, in a greenhouse, the black outer crust will be absent.  For the "whole food", chaga needs to feed directly on a live birch tree in the forest. 

A large chaga conk deep in the Maine woods
A large chaga conk deep in the Maine woods
Four eyes are better than two for spotting the elusive chaga
Four eyes are better than two for spotting the elusive chaga
Chaga loves growing near water
Chaga loves growing near water

 

Disclaimer: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Sustainable Harvesting:  We are selective as to where our chaga is harvested and we are very conscientious to use sustainable harvesting practices. We are pleased to find that the chaga that we had harvested previously is regenerating as we follow proper harvesting guidelines.

Licensing:

 Our processing facility is registered with the FDA, registration #18195837554.

My Berry Organics/Maine Chaga has been inspected and licensed by the State Of Maine as a food manufacturer, license #2-31452.

Precautions: Do not take if you are allergic to mushrooms. 

*Maine Chaga Extract is not gluten-free as we use grain alcohol in our process.