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    Chaga in New Zealand?

    Didn't quite know what section to put this query in so here it is.

    Is anyone aware if Chaga can be found growing in NZ anywhere? Can't find any references of it on the web at this stage.

    Cheers in advance

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    What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve123 View Post
    What is it?
    Fungi,northern hemisphere thing I think,preppers/wildcampers use it as charcloth
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjon_ View Post
    Fungi,northern hemisphere thing I think,preppers/wildcampers use it as charcloth
    LOL Whats charcloth
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    Chaga in New Zealand?

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    Haha, yep it has a number of uses. One of the main ones is it only takes the slightest of sparks and it holds an ember regardless of weather conditions. Second main use is in tea and as a supplement. I believe it has the highest antioxidant count of any substance in nature period.

    Its a fungus that grows on trees, im just interested if it was in NZ at all. Id be keen on doing some more research into it were it possible.

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    In Alaska and most other northern areas chaga grows on Birch trees-we didn't see any two years ago when we visited NZ. Dried, powdered, makes a good tea for energy and feel good attitude. No caffeine
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    Thought you meant Chagas disease. Phew.
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    Go to nenana in Alaska, the dude (Jesse Holmes) on life below zero seems to have a few tons of charga in storage!

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    Is that the same as horseshoe fungus?

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    Gidday Juneau, yep thats exactly what i was meaning. With all the things that have been brought into into NZ over the years by travellers and immigrants i would have thought surely its made its way here at some point? Theres Birch in various places and they can also be bought from gardening outfits. Im hopeful i'll be able to track some down somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imaca View Post
    Is that the same as horseshoe fungus?
    He imaca, not quite. I've seen heaps of horseshoe fungus whilst in the bush, theres also another similar fungus to this that i come across all the time. The appear to be relatively common. They work similar to chaga but require a lot more prep and they don't hold a spark as well either. To my knowledge they're not edible either.

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    Thanks for the referral Tommy. Shirley has heard Chagra, but it’s not found in NZ. She advises that Maori used various dried bracket fungi to hold an ember while they travelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingrid 51 View Post
    Thanks for the referral Tommy. Shirley has heard Chagra, but it’s not found in NZ. She advises that Maori used various dried bracket fungi to hold an ember while they travelled.
    Ah right, thanks Ingrid. Yeah i see them all the time when out in the thick of it. Its certainly very common and they can get pretty massive too. With all the other random exotic plants that have been brought legally and illegally into the country over the years you'd think it was surely somewhere to be found?

 

 

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