Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

Vol. XII No.26 - Sunday December 29, 2013 - Saturday January 11, 2014

Arts - Entertainment
Life at 33 1/3
Ask Emma
Book Review
Bridge in Paradise
Business - Travel & Tourism
Animal Welfare
Care for Dogs
Community Happenings
Doctor's Consultation
Eating Out & Recipes
Life in Chiang Mai
Mail Bag
Mail Opinion
Money Matters
On the Grapevine
Our Community
Quirky Pics
Social Scene
Daily Horoscope
About Us
Advertising Rates
Current Movies in
Chiangmai's Cinemas
Back Issues
Find out your Romantic Horoscope Now - Click Here!
Update by Saichon Paewsoongnern

How does your garden grow?  
By Eric Danell, Dokmai Garden


A symbol of long life; the ling zhi mushroom

A visitor came to Dokmai Garden with a bag of dried reishi (Japanese) or ling zhi (Chinese) mushrooms bought at a Chiang Mai Macro supermarket. We discussed the potential benefits, so why not share with our readers.

Ling zhi is also grown commercially in Thailand, where they use the same name as the Chinese.

This mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, is a polypore or bracket fungus growing on dead wood. It is a cosmopolitan species or species complex which I have seen growing wild in Sweden as well as in North America, Japan and even here in Dokmai Garden in Thailand.

There are many Chinese symbols for a long life such as deer, pine, crane, turtle and ling zhi mushroom. The mushroom is sometimes called the ’10 000 year mushroom’ or ‘Herb of immortality’, known since the first Chinese imperial dynasty 2200 years ago. Any practice from the Chinese super power was copied in Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Since it is recommended by the same people who believe stroking a stone turtle will give you long life, one should not automatically believe in everything said. Scientific studies have shown conflicting results, and one should always be wary about ‘medicines’ capable of curing everything. However, it is not poisonous and today it is derived from mushroom cultivation, so consumption does not threaten the forest like in the case of pangolin or tockay ‘medicines’. In addition, edible mushrooms contain dietary fiber, valuable minerals and generally more protein than vegetables.

As little as 3-5 grams of dried mushroom per person and day is a recommended dose. Simply boil the mushroom for 5 minutes and then let the brew cool down before drinking. If you like the taste, and many do, this practice is at least not harmful.

A completely different use would be ling zhi as a garden ornamental. If the substrate is large, such as a freshly cut tree log, one could plug it with fresh ling zhi mushrooms, and perhaps the spores will germinate and colonize the log. If the log is buried to maintain moisture, the emerging fruit bodies will look like little cobras with a lacquered surface. The mushrooms will emerge until the nutrients in the log are depleted, or until competing fungi take over.

This would probably work very well in temperate gardens, but here in the tropics the termites devour the wood rapidly. In a monsoon garden, I should advice keeping the log on a stand or stone platform in a moist area, and sprinkle it with water. In commercial situations, ling zhi is grown on saw dust kept in plastic bags.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

A symbol of long life; the ling zhi mushroom



Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.
189/22 Moo 5, T. Sansai Noi, A. Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210
Tel. 053 852 557, Fax. 053 014 195
Editor: 087 184 8508
E-mail: [email protected]
Administration: [email protected]
Website & Newsletter Advertising: [email protected]

Copyright © 2004 Chiangmai Mail. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.