Agaricus blazei Murill (also known simply as Agaricus blazei) is a type of medicinal mushroom cultivated in Brazil, Japan and China. It is related to both the common and field mushroom, but contains compounds that some believe may exert antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, and hypoglycemic effects. Because of this, it has been used in folk medicine for centuries to prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions, including infections, diabetes, allergies, and cancer.
In the West, Agaricus blazei is generally sold as a dietary supplement, but it is also available as a dried whole mushroom for culinary purposes. It has a scent that is vaguely reminiscent of almond.