Where are your mushrooms grown?
FreshCap is on a mission to bring you the best mushrooms in the world, so you can actually feel a difference. Quality is at the core of everything that we do.
That’s why our mushrooms are grown organically and sustainably on generational family farms in Southeast China.
China has a rich and storied history with the cultivation of medicinal mushrooms. The use of medicinal mushrooms in China is not a trend or a fad, but a way of life. We have worked for years to cultivate deep relationships with our mushroom growing partners, ensuring quality and integrity in every step of the process.
How are your mushrooms grown? What do your mushrooms grow on?
Our mushrooms aren’t “bred” or “manufactured.” They are grown the way nature intended on multi generation family farms who harness the knowledge and expertise required to produce only the best mushrooms.
Our mushrooms mainly grow on hardwood, but this ultimately depends on the species. Reishi is grown on hardwood logs that are buried in the ground. Chaga and Turkey Tail are wild harvested from trees. Our other species are grown on hardwood sawdust, with the exception of Cordyceps fruiting body which uses rice as its food source.
Fruiting body vs mycelium on grain. What do I need to know?
Not all mushroom products are created equal. We use only the whole fruiting body of the mushroom, properly extracted to ensure the beneficial compounds are contained in the final product.
Some companies will short-circuit the growing process using something called “mycelium on grain”. These products will be high in starch from rice or oats.
No matter who you get your mushrooms from, you should ensure that they are made from whole fruiting body, and not myceliated grain.
What is myceliated grain?
When growing mushrooms, the mycelium first needs to be grown on a sterilized grain substrate, like rice, oats or rye. You can think of mycelium as the “root structure” of the mushrooms, and myceliated grain like the “seeds” in the mushroom growing process.
To grow whole fruiting body mushrooms, this myceliated grain (also known as grain spawn) needs to be added to another substrate like hardwood sawdust or logs. Only then can full mushrooms be grown.
You can tell products that use myceliated grain because they will have something like “myceliated rice” or “mycelium biomass powder” on the ingredient list. In our opinion, these products should be avoided if you want to get the benefits from mushrooms.
What are the beneficial compounds in mushrooms?
There are lots of different beneficial compounds in mushrooms, but the main one that we extract and test for is fungal beta-d glucan.
This is a type of polysaccharide that can interact with the human immune system and is a major reason for the vast benefits of medicinal mushrooms.
What are the concentration ratios of your extracts?
It depends on the product. Most are a blend of 1:1 extracts, concentrated hot water extracts (4:1 to 16:1 depending on the species) and alcohol extracts.
How is a mushroom extract made?
Whole mushrooms are harvested, dried, and turned into a fine powder. They are then put through either hot water extraction or alcohol extraction. You can kind of think of it like making a tea or tincture, but on a large scale.
Once enough time has passed to sufficiently pull out the beneficial compounds, the liquid is “spray dried” and turned into a fine powder that can be bottled, encapsulated, or added to other products.
Do you perform hot water or alcohol extractions?
It depends on the species and the blend. Some mushrooms are extracted with hot water only (Turkey Tail for example) and others are dual extracted (Chaga is a good example).
Why are only some mushrooms dual extracted?
Some mushrooms contain both alcohol and water extractable compounds that are important to have in the final powder. For those specific species, we feel it is best to perform a dual extraction such that all the beneficial compounds are bio-available.
Are your mushrooms organic certified?
Yes, all of our mushrooms are certified organic.
Where are your mushrooms packaged?
All of our products are packaged in the USA using GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified facilities.