Hericium erinaceus, or more commonly known as Lion’s Mane mushroom, is an edible mushroom belonging to the tooth fungi group. It’s sometimes referred to as bearded tooth mushroom, hedgehog mushroom, and even pom pom mushroom. Lion’s mane mushroom grows naturally in the wild in Europe, Asia, and North America, and has been used in traditional Asian medicine for centuries. Lion’s Mane mushroom grows long dangling spines that usually appear in clusters with likeness to a lion’s mane, pom pom, or hedgehog, as some names for Lion’s mane mushroom suggest. In the wild, Lion’s Mane mushroom grows starting generally in the late summer through the fall and grows primarily on hardwood trees. Lion’s Mane mushrooms are prized for their nutritional and culinary characteristics. You can find fresh Lion’s mane mushroom in the wild or at some Asian markets. Typically, Lion’s mane mushroom is dried and ground into a powder to make lion’s mane mushroom capsules. Hericium erinaceus carries several polysaccharides like B-glucan, heteroglycans, heteroxylans, and several cyanthane derivative triterpenes known as hericenone and erinacine. These compounds are said to be responsible for lion’s mane benefits. The latter compounds are found in the fruitbody and mycelium respectively.