Growing SHITAKE Mushrooms

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Flower4Yeshua

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Hello All...My husband and i have grown the button mushrooms for several years now...get the kits and have had great fun growing, harvesting and of couse eating them...They are grown in a box pretty much in a dark cool closet...
Well, A friend gave me two Shitake Mushroom logs. They are a bit different. So thought I would share as we go along...Anyone out there growing these also?...Plese fel free to share here also...
The Shitake is also know as the Balck Forest mushroom (Lentinus edodes)...meaning: 'the mushroom of the shii or oak tree' in Japanes.
Shitake mushrooms contain B1 (riboflavin), B12 nd vitamin D. they also have anti-tumor, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Shitake have all 9 of the amino acids in ratio similar to the idea protein aand about 20% protein by dry weight. Calcium, phosphrous, iron, sodium and potassium are also present in significant amounts, The fiber of the shitake cantain eritadenine that produce a cholesterol lowering effect and is low in calories. And they taste great ...YUMMY!!!!

Once you get the kit home you take it out of the bag and make sure it's weight is 4 1/2 to 5 pounds...if not you will put the log in a bucket of water and soak for up to 24 hours...we placed a brick ontop to hold it down...hubby forgot to take pictures of this step...sorry...then find a plce out of direct sunlight...temps between 62 to 70 degrees is Ok...they will grow in lower temps...just slower ...The first day or so you sprits it with a spray bottle of water...then you place a plastic tent over the brick/log...and watch them grow...Here is the first day picture after the sater soak...will take pictures along the way...will try every day...and we can watch them grow...
 

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Randy

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Our diabetes dietician told us that mushrooms were really a good thing to add to our diet. I bought some today at CostCo, but they are in cans. The Sanders part of the family does not care for mushrooms.
 

Randy

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Glad you mentioned that. I'll take a look. I don't use them often, but I sure do like to make a one-egg omelet and use some of those in there.
 

Flower4Yeshua

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Randy if you want one of the logs let me know...would be happy to share...freshones are the best
 

Randy

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Thanks, Deb, but I don't want to try and grow them. Right now I am so busy I don't want to add to the load. I worked 8 hours on those pears today and I will go back to work on them again tomorrow. At least I made a dent in the pile of them that are down here in the basement.
 

Flower4Yeshua

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No problem...If you do, in the futrue want to try growing let me know...can get the kits preety low price yp here...they really take no time just so you know...once you get them soaked and going all you do is harvet...Your basement will be a perfect place for them also
 

Flower4Yeshua

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Thanks...Well On the button mushrooms we would harvest for a few months...I am told these willhave ot be re-soaked so it is back up to at least 5 pounds and then it is hit or miss..
 


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