Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I've been re-reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma lately and found myself again fascinated by the chapter on mushrooms. Not really plants, and not really animals, mushrooms are technically fungi - which is a category most of us don't use on a regular basis!

Last spring, Dan took logs and drilled holes in them, carefully filling each with shitake or oyster mushroom spores. He then placed them up against the barn, in a microclimate that is damp and cool. With the rainy days and warmer nights we've been having, mushrooms have begun to pop up all over them,.
We'll also be attempting to grow mushrooms in woodchips underneath the apple trees, as well as in straw inside the hoophouses this spring.
A pretty shitake that recently flushed (the term for when a mushroom fruits).
Have you ever grown mushrooms?
What is your favorite way to cook with mushrooms?


ooglebloops said...

Have thought about it - love shiitake mushrooms. Where do you get the spores?

Darby Jones said...

I've always wanted to grow my own mushrooms, or do some intensive reading on how to forage for mushrooms in the wild, but haven't had the time to do so yet.

My favorite way of cooking mushrooms is to either throw them in a pan with tons of butter, garlic & herbs, or immerse them in my curry chicken soup and let them soak up all the yummy juices.

Is a spore simply the "head" of a mushroom, and then you immerse it into a log or into a pile of hay, and let nature take its course?

Crafty Farmer said...

I would LOVE to grow mushrooms, but I have no idea how to! :) Mushrooms are perfect anyway they are cooked! YUM!

Jackie said...

Morel mushrooms grow wild in this area. As a matter of fact, I will be foraging for them shortly. I soak them in salt water, rinse them well, coat them with some seasoned flour and saute them in butter. . .outstanding!
I would love to grow them also but have no idea where to obtain the spores????

Q said...

My husband is the big mushroom fan in our house. He absolutely loves this simple but elegant recipe from River Cottage:
Just delicious! And any leftover sauce is tasty topping for chips or meatloaf.

Cathy said...

We live in coastal Oregon. Wild Chantarelles are abundant. In fact last fall my industirous 18 yr old got a week long mushroom picking permit and filled my entire porch with them. Most he sold to a mushroom buyer but the substandard ones we either dried or sauteed with garlic and wine and vacuum packed and froze. The dried ones are good in soups, stews, and pasta sauces. The sauteed ones we mostly use on pizza.
We also bought a shitake spore kit last year...so far nothin :(.

Allen Frost, Advanced Certified Rolfer said...

I've been growing Shiitakes for about three years now. It's not difficult once you get the proper tools and equipment. After the logs (oak preferred) are gathered it's just a Saturday afternoon of drilling and plugging to prepare a stack of about 16 logs. You can get the tools and spawn online.

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