Hericium erinaceus is the scientific name for the commonly known mushroom, lion’s mane. Lion’s mane also has other popular nicknames such as, Monkey’s Head, Hedgehog, Pom Pom and Bear’s Head.
The icicle-like tendrils that hang from the white rubbery flesh of the lion’s mane make it the most unique looking mushroom on the planet. With age, the tips of tendrils change colors from white to a brown-yellow tint. These distinct features make it stand out from all other mushroom species.
Lion’s mane mushrooms have been eaten in Eastern Asia for centuries and are believed to heal people of various ailments. China, in particular, has really embraced this mushroom and admires it for the exceptional medicinal and healing properties.
In nature, lion’s mane tends to grow on dead or dying oak, walnut, beech, maple, sycamore, or other broadleaf trees. The southern regions of the United States are the most abundant areas to find lion’s mane growing in the wild.
Natural Cultivation Methods
According to many mycologists, lion’s mane is one of the most difficult mushrooms to cultivate outdoors. It would take years to grow lion’s mane outdoors using the log or stump method. Thank goodness Mushroom Shack mycologists have found a simpler way for you to grow your own lion’s mane! It only takes a few months to grow your own fresh ‘shrooms with the Mushroom Shack Lion’s Mane Mushroom Farm.
Fruiting Cycles and Yield Potentials
You’ll know to harvest your Farm once the spines are elongated and before the top of the fruiting mass softens and develops a yellowish tint. About two pounds of fresh mushrooms will fruit from the Mushroom Farm.
Sterilized sawdust/bran is the best substrate to use for cultivating lion’s mane indoors.
However, if you enjoy cultivating your ‘shrooms outdoors, via the log or stump methods, douglas fir is the perfect fit for lion’s mane.
Lion’s mane has been intriguing doctors and scientists for centuries. Some have even discovered that the mushroom may have some nerve regenerating properties, which helps to stimulate brain function. Lion’s mane also holds antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. Other medicinal characteristics include, strengthening the nervous system, enhancing concentration, speeding up recovery times, and delaying aging.
Cooking with Lion’s Mane
In China, lion’s mane is a delicacy. Any dish in which lion’s mane mushrooms are included is considered a gourmet meal.
The seafood-like flavor of lion’s mane is very distinctive. Many people consider it a replacement for pork, lamb, or seafood. The key for preparing lion’s mane and making sure they maintain the seafood flavor is to cook them slowly. Lion’s mane tend to give off a lot of water, therefore, you will want to add your spices towards the end of the cooking period.