How are shiitake mushrooms grown?

Growing shiitake mushrooms indoors with straw

Treat the substrate with either heat or lime. Inoculate and pack the straw into plastic tubes that the mushrooms can fruit from. Wait three weeks and then place the mushrooms into the proper fruiting conditions. Harvest and then let the bags rest. Then harvest again in about three weeks.

A common query we ran across in our research was “Can you grow shiitake mushrooms at home?”.

Growing your own mushrooms is a great hobby and is also an excellent learning experience to teach kids about nature. Before you can start growing shiitake mushrooms, you’ll need to decide what substrate you plan to grow your mushrooms on and buy the supplies needed.

Shiitake mushrooms are a bit more picky about what they will eat when compared to oyster mushrooms, which will grow on coffee grounds, cardboard, or pretty much anything. Shiitake really need a wood-based growing medium to thrive and get the nutrients they need.

So, what are shiitake mushrooms good for?

Another answer is shiitake mushrooms have a long history of use of Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially for treating infections and fatigue. They have a smokier taste than cremini mushrooms and make a great addition to stir-fries, soups or risotto, especially when combined with other anti-inflammatory foods like garlic and onions.

Shiitake mushrooms produce 3 to 5 flushes of fresh mushrooms on average when grown on sawdust or grain. If you grow them on logs, they can provide you with fresh mushrooms every 5 weeks for 4 to 6 years ! The upfront time and monetary investment of growing your own shiitake mushrooms will more than pay for itself.

What is the difference between shiitake mushrooms and button mushrooms?

Shiitake mushrooms are thinner and denser than cremini or button mushrooms; they’ll brown quickly in the pan without releasing too much liquid.

What are cremini and shiitake mushrooms?

Cremini mushrooms are meaty, earthy, and umami flavored mushrooms. They are very healthy fungi, and you can substitute them for meat in vegan dishes. Cremini can be replaced with mushrooms like portobello, shiitake, white button, Morel, King Oyster. You can also use non-mushroom substitutes like eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, dry tomatoes.

Cremini mushrooms are simply the slightly more mature version of the common white button mushroom. You might see them referred to as brown mushrooms, Italian mushrooms, or baby bella mushrooms. But all of these names refer to the same thing; namely, cremini mushrooms.

What size log do I need to inoculate shiitake mushrooms?

Logs for inoculating with shiitake should ideally be about 3 to 6 inches (7.6- 15.2 cm) in diameter and about 3 to 4 feet ( 91-122 cm) long. If you are growing using sawdust or pellets, you’ll want to either buy or make some form of containers or growing bags to hold your substrate as well.

What is cream of cremini and shiitake mushroom soup?

Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Cremini & Shiitake Mushroom Soup is the ultimate cooking companion: a blend of mushrooms, beef stock and a touch of fresh cream. Deliciously creamy and rich in texture, this versatile soup acts as a flavorful foundation for recipes like One-Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff.