Meet the fungi

Updated: Jan 6

Which is bigger: a mushroom or a blue whale? The answer is an humongous honey fungus stretching across 2,385 acres in Oregon, USA. It's so large it can be seen from outer space.

Which packs a bigger antioxidant punch: a ripe tomato or a button mushroom? You guessed it. The little button mushroom is the most widely consumed mushroom in the world and it is full of healthy surprises. Mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Some varieties boast such significant quantities that they are used therapeutically to treat a range of conditions like anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, hypertension and a range of diseases.

Meet some of the big bioactive beasts of the fungi world.

Chaga has been used for centuries in Russia as a medicine to boost immunity and health. The mushroom can be found growing as 'conks' on the bark of birch trees. Chaga has one of the the highest antioxidant capacities in the world. Because of this it is said to help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol.