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Growing and Caring for Mushrooms, Varieties of Edible Mushrooms, Preparing and Preserving Musrooms.

Growing Mushrooms

Mushrooms Overview

Mushrooms are a tasty and healthy food source with a high vitamin content, low calorie content, and High nutrient and anti-oxidant content. Picking wild mushrooms is not advised, even experts have been known to make fatal errors - many mushrooms are toxic and even deadly.

Hydroponic Mushrooms - Mushrooms do not have roots but can still thrive in a soil-less hydroponic media. They actually mature and produce faster than either conventionally cultivated mushrooms or other standard hydroponic crops.

Growing Mushrooms From Stems - The most common method of growing mushrooms is from spawn / spores. However another method which is just as viable is to bypass the spores and go straight to the mycellium from which the mushrooms sprout. This can be done by using the mushroom stems.

Harvesting Mushroom Spores - 'Mushroom seeds' are extremely tiny minute spores, from a human vantage point they look like a powder. Each variety of mushroom produces and releases their spores in a slightly different manner. Some are more easily harvested than others, but all can be harvested to produce another mushroom crop.

Mushroom Varieties

Mushroom Varieties - There are a tad more than 10,000 documented varieties of mushrooms, most are toxic, some lethally so. Many are edible and most pleasingly so. Some are acquired via foraging while others are grown commercially and by home hobbyists. The following is a list of 30 edible mushrooms, some are easily grown some are very difficult and seem next to impossible, but nothing is impossible - right ?

Almond Mushrooms

Lions Mane Mushroom

Morel Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms

                                  Portobello Mushrooms

                                  Shiitake Mushrooms

                                  Wine Cap Mushrooms


Preparing and Preserving Mushrooms

Drying Mushrooms . At times an over abundant harvest of mushrooms leaves you with more than you can possibly consume in a reasonable time frame. There are several ways they can be preserved for future use, drying is one of them.

Mushrooms As A Meat Substitute - Mushrooms serve vegans and vegetarians well in many dishes. They have a firm tasty texture and make an excellent and healthy substitute for meat. Most people are only familiar with the more common mushrooms generally available in supermarkets. There are a large variety of mushrooms with varying tastes and textures that lend themselves well to many different dishes.

Edible Mushrooms that Eat Plastic - We live in a plastic society, one that is currently incapable of ecologically disposing of the plastic waste it produces. We are basically wallowing in our own refuse. Plastic as it slowly [very slowly] breaks down produces toxic pollutants that cause land, water, and air pollution. Although it can take centuries for plastic to fully break down, the chemical residue it emits enroute are long lasting and nearly instantaneous. A newly-discovered mushroom could potentially play a pivotal role in reducing plastic pollution. While man does not live by bread alone this rare species of mushroom can subsist on plastic alone.