If you purchase raw unprocessed chaga - you first must remove any parts of tree bark from it. Then, chop the chaga into smaller one inch chunks and dry it. You can leave it as chunks or grind it into a powder. You can also purchase chaga with this step done already.
Place small chunks of chaga in a one liter pot of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the water is a rich reddish brown color (about an hour). Strain the tea. You can add your choice honey, ginger, maple syrup or any flavor you'd like.
The chaga mushroom itself can be reused several times. Store it in glass jar without a lid in the refrigerator.
Leftover chaga tea can be stored in the refrigerator as well.
Chaga Chai Latte
Bring 1 cup of chaga tea to a boil with 1 cinnamon stick, a few cloves, a few black peppercorns, a few green cardamom pods, 1 slice of ginger (or any spiced tea mix that you choose). Simmer for 5 minutes. Add ½ cup of milk (any type) and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add your choice of honey, maple syrup or other sweetner. Strain into a mug. If you'd like a little more flavor, cinnamon can be sprinkled on top.
In a blender-add 1 cup of cold chaga, 1 cup of frozen berries of choice, 1/2 frozen banana and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. If you like spice, add a little allspice or cinnamon. Blend until smooth. If it's too thick, add more chaga tea to reach desired consistency.
If you're interested in purchasing chaga to make your own tea, our vendor Digger Jays
carries hand-foraged chaga from the Appalachian Mountains.
More facts about the history, benefits and uses for chaga can be found at Oriveda