18 Jul But what about China? The origin of the mushroom culture
We all seem to have a strong opinion about China these days, and how can we not have one? In this seemingly conscious society, we are constantly reminded about our consumer behavior and are re-educated about the way we view and buy products. And although we can’t and should not dismiss what is happening to the world, sometimes it is best to let your own critical mind search for accuracy of important subjects like this. What is indeed sustainable and ethical, and what is not, and what kind of impact can you make when you choose to buy your products?
China and mushroom cultivation
Did you know that China grows over 87% of mushrooms worldwide? Of course, we can all agree that local products and supporting the local economy are a good thing to do. But what about the origin of a product and the ancient knowledge that is attached to growing it?
When we first started investigating medicinal mushrooms, almost all of our research brought us back to China and their rich history in the cultivation of mushrooms and, of course, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). China was the first to begin the cultivation of mushrooms at the beginning of the 13th century. The medicinal benefits of Reishi as a potent remedy even dates back to about 200 AD in the famous classic herbal text, the Shen Nong Ben Cao (a Chinese book on agriculture and medicinal plants). They also have many research centers in China, devoted entirely to the development of fungi: whether for food or medicinal purposes.
But what about air pollution?
We often seem to forget that China is a very large country. Although there is no denying that there are heavily polluted areas in China, there are also numerous parts that have clean air and are safe for agriculture.
We need to stop generalizing everything and look at all individual cases with equal consideration.
Substrate and mushrooms
The kind of substrate the mushrooms grow on also plays a crucial part when it comes to the cultivation of mushrooms. Especially when producing medicinal mushrooms, the type of substrate that is used will have a great influence on the medicinal benefits the mushrooms contain.
This is because fungi are nature’s most important decomposers, they are built of, and feed of the organic material they grow on. Fungi decompose organic matter by releasing enzymes to break down the decaying material, after which they absorb the nutrients in the decaying material.
Therefore you can probably imagine the substrate mushrooms grow on, and the environment they grow in is key for producing proper supplements.
Over the centuries, Chinese medicine has developed standards that guide the cultivation of the best quality medicinal mushrooms. Many of these standards stay constant, but as times change, cultivation has also evolved.
We at Mush are vast believers in a holistic lifestyle that holds value for the earth that we live on and all of the inhabitants that we live with. Therefore we are always looking for the best possible options to develop Mush and take the next step in providing good quality products. We get our mushroom powders from a supplier that exclusively works with 100% natural and organic mushrooms, without any additives or the use of chemical pesticides. We also strive to be as sustainable as we can in our production, packaging, and delivery.
Just as mushrooms can strengthen the well-being of the planet, they can also enhance ours; that’s why Mush Superfood wants to encourage you to look at all aspects, body, mind, and soul.