Mushroom Farm Shiitake Kit
For centuries, the shiitake mushroom (lentinual edodes) has been a traditional delicacy in China, Korea, and Japan. Also known as Shiangu-gu or Shiang Ku, which is Chinese for “fragrant mushroom,” the shiitake is sometimes referred to as the golden oak and the black forest mushroom.
Today, the shiitake is one of the most popular gourmet mushrooms in the world. Originally grown on logs, the shiitake can now be easily grown indoors, thanks to the Mushroom Shack Shiitake Mushroom Farm. With this kit, shiitake mushrooms are grown on a combination of oak wood chips and sawdust, with wheat bran and gypsum providing essential nutrients and encouraging faster growth.
How to grow your Mushroom Farm (detailed instructions are included with your Farm):
- Upon purchasing or receiving your kit, check to see if primordia have formed. Primordia are mushrooms at their earliest growth stage and appear as small bumps or clusters. If you do not see any primordia, refrigerate the entire kit for 3-5 days.
- Soak the cake-like substrate block in spring water, well water, or tap water that has been boiled and cooled. NEVER use distilled or chlorinated water, as the chlorine can kill your mushrooms.
- Remove the block from the incubation bag and insert the skewers (included) into the top corners of the block.
- Place the humidity tent (included) over the skewers, and tear a small hole in the bag—you will use this hole to insert a plant mister nozzle for watering your Farm. DO NOT USE a sprayer that previously contained pesticides or other chemicals. The residue can kill your mushrooms (not to mention making you sick). Use only a brand-new mister, or one that has only contained water.
- To water your Mushroom Farm, spray it 3-4 times a day with spring water, well water, or boiled and cooled tap water. Remember, no chlorinated or distilled water.
The shiitake mushroom has been shown to possess a number of medicinal properties. Its anti-cancer properties are derived from Lentinan, a type of sugar found in the shiitake. Studies have also found the shiitake to be a potent anti-viral—strong enough to slow the HIV virus.
Shiitake mushrooms add a wonderful smoky flavor to almost any dish. Their meaty texture and abundant protein make them ideal as a meat replacement for vegetarian recipes. They’re also low in fat, high in fiber, and brimming with vitamins and minerals.
Try adding shiitake to your next fettuccine dish. Or add them to a barley and vegetable soup. They’re also wonderful with spinach, or a as topping for grilled salmon. Get creative, and send us your recipes!