Not everything that's good for us taste bad. Case and point, the Chaga mushroom. Chaga, if taken from a living gold or white birch tree tastes sweet, earthy and aromatic. Especially when mixed in with coffees or teas.
It tastes and smells a little like tree bark–but, in a good way. It has an earthy sweetness to it–very pleasant and mild. If you’ve ever had kukicha or twig tea, its resonates with that.
Chaga should never be taken from a dead tree, nor from other species other than white or golden Birch. Chaga should also be dried quickly otherwise yeast, mold and mycotoxins form which can make chaga toxic, and bitter.
If you are or currently consuming Chaga that tastes extremely bitter or disgusting you need to question what species of tree it came from, was it a living tree and was the Chaga safely and properly dried and prepared. One can never really tell by looks alone. Usually, the taste is a good indicator of its source and quality.
If you're looking to add Chaga as a supplement or add to your everyday breakfast routine. Take a look at one of our many recipes in smoothies, shakes, baking, and much more.