Grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms Indoors with The Shiitake Mushroom Patch!!
I’ve always been a fan of mushrooms. Many different types of mushrooms in-fact. Sauteed mushrooms and onions absolutely make a steak, or burger feel like an outer body experience! How about raw sliced mushrooms on a salad, or nice plump marinated mushrooms as a side or an evening snack? Yum is right! Until recently, I never considered growing my own mushrooms, aside from the random ones that would pop up in my lawn after periods of wet weather. Those, I never would attempt to eat however.
Recently, and fortunately for me, I came across The Shiitake Mushroom Patch on www.Shiitakecenter.com, which is a Living Whole Foods website. Being a fan of mushrooms, and possessing an insatiable need to grow things, I needed to try one of these kits. Think about it; how cool is it, to be able to grow your own mushrooms at home?!?!
When the Shiitake Mushroom Patch arrived, I immediately opened it. If you plan on giving it as a gift, keep-in-mind that fungi is alive, so your kit needs to be opened and activated within 30 days. Upon opening my kit, I was pleased to discover that it actually came from Fungi Perfecti, which was founded by Paul Staments – a well known fungi guru. After reading the simple instructions enclosed in the box, I realized I was fortunate to have a kit that was already beginning to produce baby mushrooms (circular brown spots 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter), as described by the instructions. This meant that I could remove my patch from its bag and transfer it to a plate, and into the included humidity tent. Now all I need to do is mist it 2-3 times per day to keep it moist. Within 5-10 days I should begin to see baby mushrooms forming, which will rapidly turn into full size delicious Shiitake Mushrooms!
I can’t wait until my mushrooms are ready to harvest, because I’ve never experienced the taste of freshly harvested mushrooms before. Mushrooms found in supermarkets are usually at least 1-week old, and by that time, their taste has already began to change. Have you ever seen fresh Shiitake Mushrooms for sale at your local supermarket? Probably not… Most supermarkets only stock the quintessential Portabella and White Mushrooms, which are good, but Shiitake have a unique smoky flavor, and meaty texture. This makes them great in soups or sauteed.
But wait, I didn’t mention the immense health benefits of mushrooms yet! Many mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants such as Ergothioneine, which helps boost immunity and reduces free radicals that damage cells. Mushrooms are the only vegetable source that provides vitamin D. The benefits are many, so if you don’t like eating mushrooms, I suggest you consider taking a mushroom supplement to take advantage of the magical properties of mushrooms. www.shiitakecenter.com sells mushroom supplements also, or you can find a bunch on Amazon.com.
The Shiitake Mushroom Patch from Shiitake Center currently retails for $30.00, and will produce 2-3 pounds of fresh mushrooms over a 12-16 week period. Shiitakecenter.com also sells kits to grow other specialty mushroom varieties, such as Pearl Oysters, Rieshi, Maitake, and many more! In addition, if growing mushrooms indoors isn’t your thing, check out shiitakecenter.com’s outdoor and log mushroom kits. You can grow mushrooms on hardwood logs with plug spawn, or in your vegetable garden with mycelium inoculant. The mycelium will also do wonders for your vegetable crop by colonizing the plant roots.
My Shiitake Mushroom Patch is quietly sitting on a plate in my office waiting to explode with fresh mushrooms I’m eagerly awaiting my first harvest, but until then, all I can do is mist and wait. I will write a follow-up review on the Shiitake Mushroom Patch following my first harvest, and share my experience with you. Until then, check out www.shiitakecenter.com, and take a look at all the kits they have to offer.
We received a complementary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, claims, and views expressed are that of our own. All health claims are not guaranteed and are based on research we read.