We harvest chaga only from live and healthy birch trees, no less than 2 meters high, without tree damaging. The map shows that the main birch forests in western Siberia, where Chaga Laboratories collects chaga, are far from industrial cities.
Professional chaga hunters collect them all year long, passing about 20-30 km a day.
After harvesting, we check the prepared chaga for contamination in the laboratory, and only after that the chaga is processed and dried.
We pay a lot of attention to chaga processing. It is extremely important to consider the peculiarities of its layers.
Chaga has three main layers that differ in density and color.
The outer layer of the true chaga is always black (sclerotia). Sclerotia is the most solid and dense layer of chaga. It contains the largest amount of biologically active substances.
Then comes a solid and less dense layer of dark brown. It is also rich in healthy substances.
The third layer is called mycelium; it is light brown, sometimes even yellow. This layer is where the chaga touches the tree trunk. It is plump, porous, and soft.
The first two layers are known to contain more than 80% of healthy chaga properties. The third bulk layer contains no nutrients. Therefore, Chaga Laboratories cuts and simply throws away the unnecessary part of the fungus to provide the highest possible concentration of nutrients.
Note that removing the third layer of chaga requires special technology. Unfortunately, some chaga manufacturers do not do this to save time and money and get more end products at a lower price.