Maitake

Many nicknames—one flavorful mushroom

The maitake mushroom also goes by the names Hen-of-the-Woods, Ram’s Head, Sheep’s Head, and the Dancing Mushroom. But whatever you choose to call it, the maitake is a delicious mushroom to add to your diet. Its health properties have made the maitake one of the most commonly used medicinalmushrooms for treating specific health maladies and medical conditions.

Using your Mushroom Shack Maitake Mushroom Farm

Maitake mushrooms grow best in less humid environments than most mushrooms, and they can be a bit difficult to grow. But our Mushroom Farm is guaranteed to produce mushrooms, or we will replace it absolutely free.

To use your kit, allow it to mature in its bag for 14-21 days, then unwrap it and mist with water 2-3 times daily.  Clusters of maitake mushrooms will begin to emerge in 3-4 weeks. (Don’t over-water, or the fruitbodies could die.) After harvesting your first flush (crop), you’ll need to transfer the maitake farm to an outdoor bed to see subsequent fruitings, which should occur in 6-12 months.

Maitake mushrooms are ready for harvesting when their leaflets extend and their edges are dark. They spoil when the tissue out of which the leaflets grow becomes soft and emits a foul odor.

Your Mushroom Farm should yield ½ to 1 pound of mushrooms from a 5-pound block.

Medicinal value

As with many other mushrooms, the maitake possesses great healing and medicinal properties. Maitakes are particularly noted for their powerful anti-tumor properties, as well as their ability to fight HIV, enhance the immune system, and balance blood sugar.

Cooking tips

When cooking with maitake mushrooms, remember that the base is rather thick and dense, so it is better to slice the bases when you use them. The upper petal-like caps are best when chopped. The maitake has a very appealing taste and texture. You can sauté, stuff, or dry maitake mushrooms – dried maitake can make a great tasting tea!Buy a Kit