Artist’s conk (Ganoderma applanatum) is exceptionally common and grows on older sugar maples and many other hardwood trees usually persisting for years. When they are picked the interior reveals layers of pores that are like rings on a tree in describing age. This mushroom has similar properties to Reishi but not as potent.
Artists use these mushrooms for etched designs when fresh and for landscape and other painting when dried. They can be displayed differently than most paintings because the mushroom will stand on it’s edge on a table or shelf. They become almost as hard as a block of wood and will last for many years. To purchase whole specimens contact John directly. The “Dried Raw” option has smaller chunks and not whole fungal shelves.
When the dried fruit body is ground it can be steeped into a tea or made into a tincture or liquor.