Organic wild mushrooms are used for food and medicinal purposes such as curing minor ailments like the common cold. These beneficial fungi grow around the world, especially in North America. Some wild mushrooms are not edible, so always exercise caution when searching for wild mushrooms.
Reishi mushrooms are non-toxic edible mushrooms that grow organically in the wild. Reishi mushrooms are yellow to begin with but eventually change to brown or even black.
Dr. Michael Cutler is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Utah. He recommends eating Reishi mushrooms to improve immune function as well as lessening the effects of kidney and liver disease.
These mushrooms are also beneficial for people suffering with high blood pressure and weight problems. Reishi fungi are low in calories and high and in nutrients such as iron and vitamin C.
According to the World's Healthiest Foods website, shiitake mushrooms have been shown to lower cholesterol levels while also boosting the immune system. Shiitake fungi are high in vitamin C, fiber and protein along with iron.
These mushrooms have a rich smoky flavor making them an excellent addition to stir-fry vegetables or grilled hamburgers. Shiitake mushrooms are small with thick brown caps and long stems.
Maitake mushrooms are another type of fungi that grows in the wild. These fungi have large overlapping caps that fan out like a turkey tail. Another name for this type of mushroom is also turkey tail.
Many Asian dishes include combinations of maitake, reishi and other exotic mushrooms. The Maitake also boosts immunity and helps maintain cardiovascular health.