Lions mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom and powerful superfood adaptogen.
The mushroom looks quite different than other mushroom
varieties. Instead of caps and stems they grow in globular masses and have long flowing spines.
It gets its name from the white cascading tendrils that resemble a lions mane.
This particular species is a parasitic fungus that grows hanging off of logs and trees, also referred to as hedgehog or bearded tooth mushroom.
Used in Asia for thousands of years, it is said to give one “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”
In Japan it is called yamabushitake or “those who sleep in mountains”, referring to the Shugendo sect of “hermit monks” and their long flowing garments.