High Prices Paid For Quality Wild Reishi (Ganoderma Tsugae)

$10 to $50 Per LB For Wild Reishi Mushroom 4 - 30 Inches Wide (99% dried)*

Note: Due to the market demands, the price of Wild Reishi has increased.

Please read the following in order to improve the quality and pricing of your Wild Reishi Mushrooms:

1. Harvesting Time
2. Purchasing Requirements
3. Drying Process

How to improve quality of Wild Red Reishi (Ganoderma Tsugae)    

   1. Harvesting Time  

Harvesting Time:  June to September  
Purchasing Time: June to November  

Estimated Reishi harvest time is from June to September.  
During this time the Reishi will be in its prime condition.  
Note: Harvesting time can be as early as May for warmer climate places. 

Prime condition means not too much borers and no mold at all.  The surface is red and the bottom is milky white. Also, the fragrance of Reishi must be there as well. However, Reishi can be harvested as long as they are in good condition. 

Reishi also known as Hemlock Varnish Shelf, tends to grow on conifers, especially hemlocks. It should be prepared for harvest when the outer white edge is about  5% to 10% of the entire Reishi.  The outer white edge must not be more than 10% of the Reishi surface.  However, in a given shipment, the number of individual Reishi with white edges must not exceed 10% of the total number of Reishi. If there is more than 10%, it will affect the pricing.  When the Reishi surface grows to 95% red, it needs to be harvested in 2 to 20 days. During the growing season of Wild Reishi, the color will be light yellow, light red and white at the beginning. Then it turns to red and finally to purple. When the color turns to purple, it should be harvested immediately; otherwise it will go bad and it will be more likely to have borers, mold and the disappearance of fragrance. If the Reishi goes bad, then it cant be purchased

One thing interesting about Wild Reishi:  as beautiful as they are, none of them are exactly the same.  I bet you wont be able to find two identical ones.


2. Purchasing Requirements  

AA Grade: The following two high-quality Reishi which has 15-30 inches wide, with great bottom and surface conditions. The bottom is white and the surface is red; this is the best condition and the highest price. Value per pound at $35 - $50.  

The  photos above show very good mature red color Reishi.  Each one is unique in shape and patterns.  AA Grade Reishi

A Grade: The Reishi below are 10-15 inches wide and the surfaces are in good condition (without borers and mold). A Grade Reishi are worth about $30 per lb.


B Grade:  All Reishi must not have any mold growing on them.  If the Reishi is bright red with white bottom and with 4-15 inches wide, they are worth $10-$30 per pound, and the average price is about $20-$25 per pound (Average size should be around 8 inches). 

C Grade: When harvested late in the season (late autumn), the bottom becomes brown and surface becomes purple. If the Reishi ranges from 4-15 inches wide, it can still be accepted but the pricing will be a little lower, about $10-$20 per pound. If the average size is 8 inches, the price will be around $15 - $20 per pound.


Additional Requirements:

-- All the Reishi must be harvested whole with the entire stem of the Reishi attached to get best pricing. See photos below: 

-- If the Reishi is wider than 6 inches, try to get some tree barks attached. The bark of the tree should be less than two coins thick, and the length of the bark should also be less than 2 inches. It is very important to keep the green moss attached with the Reishi to get the best pricing. The cultivated Reishi do not have barks and green moss because they are grown in sawdust.

-- Reishi with missing stem's price will be decreased by 50%!  See photos below:

-- The photos below show the effects of insects on the condition of Reishi.  

The pricing for Reishi will not be affected if this is less than 5% of Reishi and less than 5% of the entire shipment.

-- Photos on the left below shows the percentage of the white edge on Reishi is more than 50% .  This means it is too early in the season to harvest. The white edge must not be more than 10% of the Reishi surface.  The price wont be affected if less than 10% of the Reishi in the entire shipment has white edges.


-- Reishi below is 2-4 inches.  This is a little small on the size but the pricing for Reishi will not be affected if this is less than 5% of the total shipment.

-- Pictures below showing a Reishi with brown bottom harvested during the late fall season.   The value of this kind of Reishi is less compared with the ones with white bottoms.


Pictures below showing old Reishi harvested from last season.  The Reishi's color is pale, without shiny surface. Price for them will be $5-$10 per pound.  Must be without mold and borers.   


   3. Drying Process 

  • Day 1: Immediately after harvest, place the Reishi under the sun for 6 - 7 hours with the white bottom facing the sun.
  • Day 2: Keep Reishi under the sun for additional 3 - 5 hours with the red surface facing the sun. Then move them to a well ventilated shady area for the remaining drying time with the white bottom always facing up until dried. 
  • Day 3+: The total drying process should take around 10-15 days in the summer, or 20-30 days in the fall.  
  • The Reishi needs to be protected from rain/water. If it's raining, you can skip the sun drying and put them directly in a well ventilated room with the fan on 24 hours each day until the Reishi is completely dried.  When the rain stops, please be sure to put them outdoor for sun drying of 6-7 hours on first day, and 3-5 hours on the 2nd day. 

**special reminder: Do not store Reishi in unventilated container or plastic over night after harvesting.  Also, do not store in a car for too long after harvesting. It will cause the Reishi to go bad.  Start the drying process ASAP after harvesting. If you can’t dry Reishi outside because of rain, you must do it indoor with a fan to avoid mold. Move them under direct sun light when possible.

**special reminder: During harvesting and drying process DO NOT touch the bottom with your hand or other object.  Do not scratch the surface of Reishi during drying process. Both the scratches on the surface and the brown color on the bottom will hurt the price. 

This is the correct way of drying. It has a nice bottom with white color.

Pictures below show Reishi have been harvested too late (after the winter).   They are moldy and infested, therefore unacceptable for purchase.

The 2 pictures below show current season Reishi infected with insects.  Therefore, it's unacceptable for purchase.


Harvesting Time:  June to September  
Purchasing Time: June to November.  

Estimated Reishi harvest time is from June to September.  
During this time, the Reishi will be in its prime condition.  
Note: Harvesting time can be as early as May for warmer climate places. 

TNA Wild Ginseng Co.

Address: 2001 Stonesthrow Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: 484-547-1553 OR 484-633-5873


Please email us with pictures of your Reishi. Take a picture of the surface and the bottom and also the size of the Reishi, we can do a price quote.  When mailing the product, we recommend using UPS or USPS with insurance. Remember to include your name, address, and phone number with the package.  

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