Ganoderma is a parasitic fungus. Its bitter taste and woody texture do not make it suitable to be consumed whole or before being processed. Its fruiting body can vary from red to almost black, and it has a characteristic lucid aspect, hence its scientific name. Ganoderma can have six different colours. The red and the black ones are the best kinds, but generally the red one is preferred due to his high content in polysaccharides.
It is a very rare fungus in nature, but it can be successfully grown. It is listed among the 10 most efficient natural therapeutic substances: in China and Japan it is considered the immortality fungus.