Sunday, July 8, 2012

It´s easy to grow delicious Oyster Mushrooms

We love mushrooms! For a while we´ve been thinking of growing organic mushrooms at our ranch. Since we don´t have any experience at all in that field we decided to start from the very beginning, making it really simple. We bought a start kit for Oyster Mushrooms at Whole Foods. It´s a little box with coffee ground and mycelium, you cut holes in the box and water it twice a day for a couple of weeks. The box needs sunlight but it can´t be in direct sunlight for too long. It doesn´t take long until you see the first delicious mushrooms start growing outside the box. It´s really simple and they are absolutely delicious.

After we got a taste of this we wanted to do it on a larger scale. We did some research and took the contents out of the little box, blended the old coffee ground and mycelium with some new coffee ground (that we got for free from Star Bucks) and place them in two larger containers with lids. The mushrooms (to be) rested in a dark, cold place with the lids on for 24 hours. After that we took the lids off and gave them some more water. They are now in our mudroom where it´s cool and the right amount light. We´re giving them a little water every day and are very excited to see if this will work. If it does we will grow more Oyster Mushrooms both indoors and outdoors.

On 4th of July we made homemade pizzas with some of our own mushrooms. It was very delicious. They are rich in flavor and can be enjoyed in a variation of different tasty dishes. Simply frying them in butter and put them on a sandwich makes your tongue curl!

The start kit we bought at whole foods comes from Back to the root and can be ordered on their website. Even if you don´t go through the "trouble" of taking the contents out of the box you can harvest more than one time!

The good: This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium and Copper.

1 comment:

  1. They taste like grilled chicken when browned with a little bit of real butter!


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