Mostly the non-psychedelic kind but those are cool too.
I watched a great documentary recently that featured Paul Stametz pretty heavily and I feel like I’ve been awakened by the call of the fungus and want to grow a bunch this winter.
The number one thing I’m interested in growing is lions mane mushrooms. I understand they have great benefits for your neurological system and are really delicious as well. There’s also a few of the harder to find Japanese varieties that I would love to try as well like matsutake.
I’ve been talking to other mushroom foraging enthusiasts in my area and learning more about the varieties that grow wild around my area and how do I identify them properly. I’ve identified several edible mushrooms but haven’t had the balls to actually eat one myself yet.
So does anybody have any recommendations on how to get started with mushroom growing? I’m looking to jump into this and in my mind I feel like mushroom bag kits that you see so often are probably too basic for what I’m looking for. Maybe I’m wrong. I just sort of feel like some kind of set up that involves something a little more permanent than a plastic bag with a brick of substrate in it might be a good place to start.
I took mushroom biology in college. Don’t really remember why but it feels very Oregonian that it was a class that they offered. I had many a field trip out into the wilderness to hunt for mushrooms of all sorts. My biology professor told me that you’re about 100x more likely from eating a random berry in the wild than a random mushroom. Most mushrooms will cause minor gastrointestinal distress if you eat them and they aren’t edible.
Amanita mushrooms are easily identified (stay away) and the rest? Well. If it isn’t a “little brown” you’ll probably identify it with a fair bit of accuracy.
The Cubensis Adventures thread is a great read and I bet @CoyoteCody could help get you started with what you’d need to cultivate any mushroom.
Technically mushroom don’t come from cow patties. The mushroom mycellium is in the ground and takes considerably longer to reach maturity than that patty will be there. What we call a mushroom is the fruit of this underground structure.
The patties simply provide warmth and moisture and if the other conditions are right it will send up fruit. It may appear as if they’re in the patty but they’re not.
Mushroom growing is tough - I tried!
How come they only seem to be in the patties? I picked many a hat full and made tea when I was young, and they were always in the shade in a patty, correction we made Grape Kool Aid not tea and all I remember is it made you laugh and laugh and laugh some more