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Forage for Reishi Mushrooms

Jun 22, 2016 11:33AM ● By Erica Shames
Your opportunity to forage for reishi mushrooms with Susquehanna Life magazine writer Bill Rozday is coming up Saturday, June 25.

The two-hour hike, starting at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, PA, will offer participants the rare opportunity that arises every two years, the reishi maximum fruiting cycle. 

Thousands of years ago, Chinese foragers penetrated deep forests on hunts for "red reishi," the most potent of a family of mushrooms credited with miraculous healing powers.

Today, the Japanese government officially recognizes reishi as medicine; while in China, doctors prescribe it so widely that an application has been filed for its designation as a new anti-cancer drug. Recently, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in Manhattan, suggested reishi use as an adjunct to chemotherapy. 

To join the hike, meet at the Fuller Lake parking lot, at the information/maps kiosk, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The hike will begin promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Bill Rozday at

Susquehanna Life magazine has not tested, foraged for or eaten reishi mushrooms and disclaims any responsibility for the outcome of foraging for or eating them.  

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