What country is this harvested from?
We source our mushrooms from top harvesters in northeast Canada and Maine in the United States, only choosing the best quality from what the harvesters are able to find each season.
Is this Chaga from the birch tree?
Yes, Chaga grows on different varieties of birch trees in cold northern climates like Canada, New England and Russia.
Is this Chaga pesticide-free? Is it Organic?
The Chaga is wild grown and pesticide-free. It is not labeled certified organic because the USDA will not certify a wild-grown product as organic.
Wild-grown products are actually the most naturally grown product since they are never seeded, fertilized, treated, pruned or cultivated by human hands. Every Chaga mushroom that we sell was found growing on a tree because Mother Nature put it there.
A Chaga 'farmer' is actually just a Chaga harvester. He or she goes into the woods to see if they can find wild-grown Chaga. Often they find Chaga, but sometimes they don't. So it is accurate to call the product organic, because as a wild-harvested product, it actually exceeds all the standards necessary to meet the definition.
What drying method is used on the Chaga?
The drying method we use is a combination of air/sun when the season and weather allow, and the use of low temperature drying indoors during winter or rainy periods. The Chaga is always dried to an ideal moisture percentage to retain its essential nutrients (lost when dried too long) while not leaving too much moisture, which can lead to mold. We also add oxygen absorbing packs in each pouch to make sure that no additional moisture affects the Chaga.
How long can you store the bag once it has been opened?
As long as the Chaga is properly stored (sealed in our pouch or other sealed container) and not exposed to high heat or moisture, it should be good to store for at least 1-2 years.
Once this is brewed, can I put it into Mason canning jars and refrigerate or is it best kept at room temperature for a few days?
Chaga tea tastes great chilled and will also keep the tea fresh for a few extra days. Putting it inside any sealed container (like a Mason jar) will work well. You can keep it outside the fridge (covered) for 2-3 days.
Once you've used some pieces for a brew, how should you store those pieces for subsequent brewing?
Allow chunks to air dry in a dry, warm, well-ventilated place. Then put them in any airtight container like a Ziplock or a mason jar without a lid and store it in the fridge.
Can you grind or mill Chaga with a Nutribullet?
Yes, using a coffee grinder or a device like the Nutribullet should work well to grind the Chaga chunks into smaller pieces. Keep in mind that you don't want to grind it too fine if you're using it to make tea as you want the tea bag or ball to keep the Chaga inside. If you're making a tincture/extract, then using a finer powder should work well.
Can I simmer it in my crockpot?
Yes, you can use a slow cooker. In fact, many people prefer that method as you can use a timer on the slow cooker and some feel it's safer to use that rather than the lowest setting on a stove.
How are these Chaga pieces processed? Have they been used to make a tincture prior to packaging?
It's a good question since there are sellers who sell chunks after they have been used to make tinctures or extracts, meaning most of the useful ingredients have already been used up. We ONLY sell 100% virgin Chaga chunks. They are harvested, quickly dried and sold while still fresh and have never been used in any way prior to packaging. Always ask your Chaga seller if they do the same.