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Project 365, Day 48: Shitake Mushrooms

Shitake Mushrooms, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

Day 48 is a photo of some shitake mushrooms which we are cultivating at home. At the Maker Faire, when we saw that there was a booth selling "grow mushrooms at home" kits, I knew Connor would love that. (Actually, Joy and Amy were the ones who first spotted the mushrooms, and knew that they'd be a hit with Connor). So, we bought a couple of kits - these shitake mushrooms, and also some oyster mushrooms. The oysters haven't quite sprouted yet, but when they do, I'll take some pictures of them, too.

There are a few more photos of these mushrooms here:




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May. 23rd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Those are not really YOUR mushrooms, are they? They are gorgeous. I have the best recipe - actually it's not even a recipe - for shitakes. You just roast them in the oven with some olive oil and touch of salt until they are crispy. I have to keep my kids from eating them before throwing them into a batch of sauted greens or on top of anything. Great poppers.

Can we grow them here or does it take certain conditions?
May. 23rd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Shrooms
Ooh! I've never tried roasting them. I usually just throw them in stirfry. The way you do it sounds YUMMY!

You can definitely grow them - no special conditions. They're growing in a clear plastic bag on the floor in my dining room. :D They just need some indirect light (actually, mine got too much light. Those mushrooms in the photo are HUGE - the caps are at least 5 inches in diameter. With less light, they'd have stayed smaller and - according to the literature that came with the kit - they'd taste better. We haven't tried to eat any of these yet, though, so I can't say for sure about the taste).

If you want to give it a try, this is the place who sold me the kits. I'm pretty sure they do mail-order:

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May. 24th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Shrooms
Oh, that sounds delicious. I will definitely give that recipe a try! :)
May. 24th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Shrooms
Thanks. I'll let you know if/when we start growing them. I finally got my vegetable box for mother's day so I've planted tomatoes, cukes, peppers, okra, melons. Mushrooms would be a great addition, though not in the box me thinks.
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May. 24th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
The other mushroom photos were taken when we were living in Pennsylvania. Those are mushrooms that Connor collected one day during an organized mushrooming hike at the John James Audubon Center ( http://pa.audubon.org/centers_mill_grove.html ). He brought them all home to show me (since I hadn't gone along on the hike), and then I took photos so that we could do some drawings and paintings of them later. (Haven't gotten around to that yet, but I will one of these days). He found some really cool mushrooms that day.

Ooh! Your mushrooms are gorgeous. I don't know what kind they are, either. Mushrooms can be tricky to ID, although Connor does a decent job of it.
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