BAMBOO FUNGUS Medicinal Mushrooms


During the past 4 days, we have been collecting quite some Bamboo Fungus Medicinal Mushrooms (MM) from our organic garden. As their name suggests, they like to grow in bamboo areas.

We planted over 100 meters of a living bamboo fence and that is where we found them…Thanks Jina Apichaya Vatthanakulkachon for your guidance.

Yes Bamboo fungus MM are expensive and unfortunately usually bleached white which you should really not buy.    The creamy-orangy coloured Bamboo fungus would be a safer bet.

My friends used to order Bamboo Fungus for me in expensive soups at fancy Chinese restaurants in Bangkok. At that time, I did not like the texture of this mushroom much, but I was assured that it was “good for me” by people I trusted… Besides, these MM wear such a pretty skirt and remind me of Lace for which Belgium is famous as well.

After attending the Medicinal Mushroom Workshop in Hangdong, I learned a bit more about the medicinal values of Bamboo Fungus as well as many other MM. Thanks Sorachai Sahabunyakool and Jina Apichaya Vatthanakulkachon for enlightening us and showing us hands-on how we can incorporate MM deliciously in our daily foods.

The pretty skirt and pileus of the Banboo Fungus contain high Beta Glucans and antioxidants which can prevent oxidation processes and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and brain diseases.      The base of the Phallus is like a ball (hehe) loaded with a nourishing gel.

Studies revealed that Bamboo Fungus MM have high nutritional value with 20% protein, 4-5 % fat, 40-50 % carbohydrates, more than 14 kinds of amino acids and many other vitamins, plus higher protein than other MM.        The stipe and skirt have high polysaccharides and beta-glucans, which improve your immune system.                         Its anti-inflammatories reduce skin irritation, add moisture, and regenerate damaged skin cells.                          Gluconic acid (GA) in this MM can exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production, to moisten soft, and less wrinkly skin.                                                                                                                                                                                    Its Beta Glucans, Hyaluronic acid and Allantoin and Fibronectin are appreciated for beauty, painful joints and wellbeing. Bamboo Fungus furthermore contains other important substances which have anti-inflammatory properties for the liver and can stimulate the nervous system…

Recent Data from the Public Health Ministry revealed that in the past 20 years, cancer is affecting Thai people as well with over 122,000 new cases per year. The main reason for this increase is :                                                                the environment (pollution),                                                                                                                                      contaminated food,                                                                                                                                                          high fat diet,                                                                                                                                                                    alcohol (beer is also alcohol naaa),                                                                                                                                 raw meat,                                                                                                                                                                         and aflatoxins (from peanuts?).

Test results of Bamboo Fungus indicated that the Thai specimen were the most effective when compared with the Chinese varieties.

  Collected from our garden 2024.6

                                                       PREVENTION IS STILL THE BEST MEDICINE