Growing Shiitake Mushrooms
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Early spring is the time of the classic "flower donko," an Asian grade of Shiitake that is ideal for drying. Due to cold nights, warm days, and large swaths of rain followed by dry spring winds, the thick cuticle of the mushroom cap stretches and cracks to make room for the swelling succulent tissue underneath and as a result of this, the mushroom gets a crazed, bumpy pattern that looks like big floral buttons.
After two years in absence, we are back to offering workshops again! This past Saturday, we hosted a successful workshop focused on easy substrate projects and mushroom cultivation on logs. Our next workshop will be on May 14th, teaching folks how to prepare their own mushroom garden. Sign up and join us at our facility in Peshtigo, WI!
Shiitake mushrooms gathered off fallen logs have been the most popular mushroom in Asia for centuries. In the last century, techniques have been developed to cultivate them intentionally, with commercial production at last becoming feasible. Demand for this distinctive, nutritious and sturdy mushroom continues to rise in today's health-conscious cuisine.
In the North, Shiitake spawn can be inoculated all year long and they highly enjoy growing on Oak wood. In the South, the only season that is not ideal for planting is summer. So right now is the perfect time to pick out some wide-range or cool weather Shiitake strains! Expect to wait 9-12 months before you'll see your first fruiting :)