FINAL STEP: Harvest and Powder Preparation
There is a lot of debate as to what part of the mushroom contains the highest level of actives. It is actually largely the mycelium.
The fruiting body, the “mushroom head”, is created by the fungi responding to environment stressors like running out of nutrients, nearing the end of its life cycle or elongated exposure to bright sunlight. The fruiting body is the mushroom's effort to release and spread spores, to reproduce. It’s at that time the mushroom actually starts to lose its potency.
So the mushrooms are monitored, and the moment fruiting bodies start to grow, the mushroom is harvested to have the fungal tissue turned into a consistent, free-flow powder that we use to fill our capsules.