It’s not every day that we can say there is an ice cream out there that fulfills a craving and serves us in more ways than one. Yet, here we are.
Portland-based artisanal ice creamery Salt & Straw has been known for serving up unique flavors using the freshest ingredients, so it’s not all that surprising it has something spectacular brewing. The company is working with coffee bean blender Wunderground to provide a “Mushroom Magic” ice cream collection featuring ingredients we wouldn’t expect in a series of frozen delights. In a press release, Salt & Straw reveals that while the collaboration features three different flavors, all share the quality of being made with adaptogenic mushrooms. The limited-edition collection will be available for shipping in the U.S. starting May 13, and cost $78.
According to the Food Network, these mushrooms play significant roles in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine because they can help the human body deal with external, negative stimuli. The network also explains that these particular adaptogenic mushrooms — Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga — usually present as food additives and supplements that are taken for everything from dealing with negative moods to lowering cholesterol. A further distinction between medicinal and adaptogenic mushrooms is made with some help from Healthline. While mushrooms can have medicinal qualities, adaptogenic mushrooms can help our bodies respond to stress. And in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Wunderground and Salt & Straw will donate $10 to The Jed Foundation. How’s that for ice cream with a cause?