Lion’s Mane (hericium erinaceus) are teethed fungi from the genus Hericium and are one of the most delicious mushrooms that can be cultivated. This mushroom greatly resembles the taste of lobster, especially when cooked with a little butter, onions and garlic. This is also a great mushroom for absorbing the flavors of other ingredients cooked with it. Lion’s mane mushrooms can be grown easily and do best on sterilized sawdust supplemented with rice bran for indoors. Hardwood and Douglas fir logs and stumps for outdoors. The Lion’s Mane mushroom grows very easily indoors. This is an easy mushroom to grow indoors in the summer with the A/C on a constant 79F and this fungi thrives at this constant temperature. Substrate of choice is sterilized BBQ alder pellets subplimented with organic bran. This mushroom is somewhat delicate and can bruise easily so it should be handled gently until ready to harvest and cook. Unfortunately it’s rare to find this mushroom in grocer stores so not many people have been lucky enough to taste it. Once you grow it yourself and taste it chances are it will become one of your favorites like it is mine.
Morels are one of the most sought after mushrooms anywhere. They have a bold meat taste that is exquisite and satisfying and they dehydrate and hold there flavor for many years. They are also an easy mushroom to identify, but also difficult to find. The exception to this is fire morels. Morels that follow forest fires and controlled burns are usually in abundance. Morels typically fruit in the spring but will also fruit in the fall for several years after a forest fire.
Morel mushrooms are difficult to grow indoors, although Paul Stamets and others have had limited success with black morels. Black morels are the easier of the morels to grow indoors. Outdoor habitats are far easier and are usually successful. Morel mushrooms do not grow in tropical areas, they prefer seasonal changes and especially cold wet or snowy winters to fruit well in the spring.
Morels do not need a living tree host, they can be grown on wood chips. We are currently selling spores from “fire morels” that is an abundant fruiting strain identified as Morchella Sextelata.
The variety of morels we sell is best suited for outdoor cultivation and is a high yielding strain. The fall day we found these there was thousands of morel mushrooms fruiting in a 1/4 mile area. They were fruiting among partially burnt spruce and fir trees. Spruce and fir make an excellent choice of wood chips for a morel habitat. Instead of putting that Christmas tree in the trash, consider chopping it up and growing morels on the wood chips. 🙂
A suggestion for growing morels is putting fresh wood ash in the substrate as well. Morel spores germinate quickly and their mycelia spreads fast. The mycelium is brown and can easily be mistake for contamination. See our photo of morel mycelium producing sclerotia on an agar plate. Morels are in a small group of mushroom fungi that produce an underground structure called a sclerotium.
The sclerotia is a nutrient storage and resting stage that allow the mycelia to survive unfavorable weather and fires. They can be completely dry then upon rehydration they swell up and either form a new mycelia network or fruit mushrooms to drop spores and continue the life cycle. Morels will naturally product sclerotia on many habitats such as straw, peat moss and sand, as they tend to be soil dwellers. One way to ensure an outdoor patch is produce the sclerotia then plant that among your habitat. Making a spore slurry from morel spores, unchlorinater water and molasses then spreading that around a wood chip patch is another sure way to get mushrooms in your yard. Here is a video of an urban family from Kansas easily producing an abundance of morels on their land using a simple spore slurry. The kids in this video are so cute, and you can see what a fun family project this is.
Reishi mushrooms have been use for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, especially in Asian cultures. This is not a gourmet mushroom, but rather it’s used in teas and capsule form as well as extracts. It’s a beautiful mushroom that grows in a variety of shapes and sizes and is quite spectacular to watch grow. Reishi mushrooms are polypore mushrooms of the genus Ganoderma. This Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms goes under many names in various cultures. This mushroom is also depicted in artwork in Asian cultures for many centuries. This mushroom is widely spread throughout the world from the Amazon in South America, the southern regions of North America and through out Asia. It’s more commonly found in subtropical regions. In nature this mushroom grows on oak and other hardwoods. For cultivating reishi mushrooms, they can also be grown on a variety of conifer and hardwood sawdust mixtures and wood chips. Once the mushroom starts to form, depending how it is grown, it will either take on and antler appearance, or large clam shell appearance called conks. These mushrooms form very slowly over a 50 day period and are great family projects as they are slow and beautiful to watch develop. Children really enjoy seeing reishi mushrooms grow and this is a great mushroom to introduce children to the hobby of fungi growing. These can be grown easily around the house in bottles such as 2 liter soda bottles in jars etc.. I find the Reishi mushroom one of the funnest and coolest mushroom to grow for it’s unique appearance, ease of growth, and shape shifting abilities.
Shiitake mushrooms, lentinula edodes, is probably the most popular cultivated mushroom around the world. It’s also one of the most commonly used mushrooms in gourmet cooking as it imparts a delicious bold flavor and texture. It’s a cool weather mushroom that naturally grows in forest on oaks and beeches typically. Although a popular mushroom for log cultivation, shiitake mushrooms are far easier and faster to grow on sawdust blocks in filter patch bags. Shiitakes do great on fast decomposing broadleaf hardwood sawdust (and chips if desired). Some of the woods shiitakes thrive on for sawdust bags is alder, cottonwood,poplar, willow, aspen, sweetgum and other fast decomposing hardwoods. For log production oak is the wood of choice for shiitakes. Reports show shiitake do not do well on fruit tree woods. The sawdust can be supplemented with rice or rye bran and other cereal grains. A good mixture for shiitake sawdust blocks is: 2 parts sawdust, 1 part wood chips, 1/8th part wheat,rice or oat bran, 1/20th part gypsum.
Golden Oyster mushrooms (pleurotus citrinopileatus) are really quite stunning in clusters. This mushroom is spicy and bitter if cooked lightly. When cooked crispy they take on a strong nutty flavor that is quite delicious, and taste similar to cashews. This mushroom also thrives in higher temperatures compared to most other oyster mushrooms. Also the more light introduced, the more yellow-golden color the caps will become. This mushrooms grows on a wide range of substrates including straw (wheat,rye,oat,rice, and barley straw), corn, coffee grounds, banana waste, most hardwoods and hardwood by-products like sawdust and paper, compost and much more. This mushroom is becoming more popular by chefs for it’s beautiful appearance and bold nutty flavor.
The popular blue oyster mushroom is one of the most common of the oyster mushrooms used in cuisine world wide. Most mycologist agree the blue oyster (pleurotus columbinus) mushroom is a sub strain of the pearl oyster (pleurotus ostreatus) mushroom. Young specimens will be blueish color on their caps, then changing color to grey tones upon maturing. Also the more light introduced, the bluer the caps will become. This is the reason wild forest blue oyster mushrooms are much bluer then indoor cultivated mushrooms. We personally like growing our blue oyster mushrooms outdoors with indirect sunlight in clear plastic tubs because they take on the deeper blue color instead of grey tones. Also this mushroom prefers colder temperatures then other oyster mushrooms. In our warm climate we can only grow this mushroom about 5 months out of the year since it prefers cooler temperatures to fruit, unlike it’s cousin the pearl oyster can fruit in higher temperatures. We find the blue oyster mycelium tolerates higher temperatures better and contaminates less often when the Arizona heat sets in. But the only way we can get it to fruit is keep it outdoors when temperatures are below 65F. Our indoor growing facility does not get cold enough to fruit this mushroom. This mushroom loves low temperature drops and even does best when morning lows are around the 40’s and 50’s. Our friends in the mountain region grow this species on a large scale and you can see from this picture, this fungi being left indoors it will not produce the deep beautiful blue tones like we produce in smaller tubs outdoors. And just for the record, we do not accept spores from our friends who grow like this because the spores of many mushroom species get thrown all over the grow room and cross spore contamination occurs, which is not good for a spore business. However growing in big bags like this is great for producing mushrooms for restaurants and farmers markets.
Not only is the blue oyster mushroom delicious, but it’s one of the easier varieties of oyster mushrooms to grow. This mushrooms grows on a wide range of substrates including straw (wheat,rye,oat,rice, and barley straw), corn, coffee grounds, banana waste, most hardwoods and hardwood by-products like sawdust and paper, compost and much more. This mushroom truly thrives throughout temperate regions of the world.
Pictured below, blue oyster mushrooms grown on a small scale with natural sunlight. Compare to the photo above grown indoors with artificial light
Maitake mushrooms, commonly known in North America as hen-of-the-woods is a delicious mushroom that grows near the base of trees. Maitake mushrooms, grifola frondosa are also a medicinal mushroom that is being studied particularly in the area of breast cancer. Maitake’s are also being studied against the HIV virus. It’s also being researched in the area of diabetes because this mushroom naturally lowers the blood sugar.
As a culinary treat it’s very tasty and is considered a prized mushroom in Japanese cuisine. It has a rather sweet flavor and a nice texture. It compliments just about any culinary dish.
Contrary to popular belief, amanita muscaria are edible. They need to be boiled in water for 20 minutes, then drained. For extra protection boil for another 5 minutes and drain. They are delicious! There are other varieties of amanita that are deadly, but not the muscaria and pantherina.
This species of mushrooms can only be grown outdoors and they have symbiotic relationships with trees and bushes. A very beautiful and tasty mushroom.
Mushrooms.com is one of only a few spore vendors that carry the original true AUTHENTIC Penis Envy mushroom spores! The reason this strain of cubensis mushroom spores is so difficult to find is because less then %5 of the mushrooms drop spores. The Penis Envy mushroom is a mutant mushroom in a sense. It’s old and unstable, none the less this is one of the greatest cubensis spores available and has a huge following of fans on the net. We have found many web sites with entire forums devoted to this one strain of cubensis, it’s that popular!
The Penis Envy mushroom was originally rumored to be engineered by the famous entheogenic mycologist/enthobotanist Terence McKenna, God bless his resting spirit. For those not familiar with Terence McKenna he was a famous author, speaker, mycologist, botanist on psychoactive plants and fungi and he does have many good books out including my one of my favorite “Food of the Gods.” Unfortunately Terence McKenna died years ago of a brain tumor and now resides in Gods hands.
A few years ago a writer doing a story was tracking down the history on the Penis Envy Cubensis because it’s so unique, and has such a huge following on the internet. Through this writers persistence it was discovered that Terrance McKenna did not engineer this unique cubensis.
RG gave us some pictures from an old DVD from the late 90’s when RG first produced the Penis Envy spores. On this DVD was all the original grows of this strain from the original founder RG and these are some cool pictures of gigantic Penis Envy cubes. These are the grandparents of the Penis Envy spores as we know it today. These old school pictures are from the original founder of this mutant strain from the late 90’s and they were taken on an old video camera. The grandparents produced monster size mushrooms as this strain still does decades later. How ever the Penis Envy cubensis are a little more stubborn then other cubensis. Our Austrian friends say they don’t get huge flushes from it, but what they do get are extremely big solid mushrooms that are the thickest cubensis mushrooms every seen. Cubensis stems are hollow inside, but the Penis Envy are dense with flesh, full of shroomy goodness. This cubensis hardly drops any spores. Because spores are so hard to obtain from this mushroom we have no choice but to raise the price for this cubensis but the reward is immense for this mushroom. Also to note, these are the only cubensis spore syringes we sell that are “light” on spores as only 5% of the mushrooms actually drop spores. You will not receive our signature spore clouded cubensis syringes with this strain since spores are so difficult to collect.
So back to the penis thing. Well yeah this mushroom is shaped like a penis more so then other shrooms but the ladies love it. Sorry guys get over the name and enjoy it, this is one of the most unique cubensis of the 21st century!
Spores from the Golden Teacher mushrooms have been spread throughout the world for many years and is in the top 5 most popular cubensis spores. This cubensis was first discovered on a farm growing in a pile of dung and straw in the US state of Georgia. Although there is no psilocybin or psilocin or anything else hallucinogenic in spores, Georgia still outlawed psilocybe mushrooms spores from being imported in to the state. Although not entirely bad news for Georgians as cubensis grow wild through their state. I remember seeing an article of wild cubensis shrooms from Georgia the size of dinner plates! The Golden Teachers cubensis strain does not grow huge dinner plate sized shrooms, but it throws off an abundance of small to medium sized mushrooms. We have the original genetics to the true Golden Teachers cubensis mushrooms from the orginal spores going back to the Georgia farm.
Spores from this strain are in abundance as it’s healthy spore depositor.
The Golden Teachers spores are a teacher of God, they have something to teach us all.
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