The spiny fungus, monkey head fungus or also known as pom pom, takes an important role in the body’s immune boosting process.
This medicinal mushroom regulates the production of waste cells in autoimmune diseases and immune deficiencies, at the same time it has a positive effect on nerve growth. It is also very effective in the treatment of various gastrointestinal diseases..
The rare Pom Pom belongs to the family of coral fungi and is found in old, moist deciduous forests. The fungus, which is a protected species, grows preferentially on oaks and beeches. It is found in many parts of Europe, North America, China and Japan. It has a round or oval shape, is white and forms 2-3 cm long filaments that hang down like a beard.
Special is not only the appearance of this rare mushroom, it tastes delicious and has excellent healing properties. The pleasantly tender flesh of the hedgehog spiny beard, is one of the few, which reminds taste of lobster, sometimes chicken or veal. To this is added a slightly lemony, exotic flavor. Prepared like a cutlet, by slicing and breading it, or cubed, with a little oil or butter, the mushroom is a treat for the palate. It also creates a good, very healthy alternative for all vegans, vegetarians and people who simply want to eat less meat.
As a medicinal and vital mushroom, it has a particularly impressive effect on the gastric mucosa, ulcers in the stomach and duodenum, hyperacidity, gastritis, Crohn’s disease, heartburn and is used successfully in these and other areas of treatment. TCM – traditional Chinese medicine uses the hedgehog spine beard to strengthen the liver and digestive tract. It is also traditionally prescribed in cases of anemia.
Compared to other medicinal mushrooms, hedgehog spiny beard contains a very high amount of free essential amino acids. It contains 19 different amino acids and according to studies, its content has been proven to be 16%. Except for tryptophan and methionine, all amino acids important for humans were found. Its components include, for example, 31% proteins and 10% minerals (a lot of magnesium and iron). Vitamins B1, B2 and vitamin D also have a positive effect on our immune system