Mushrooms love fresh air and moisture. The two are a large component of a healthy grow room environment, and an essential balancing act for the growth of high quality, restaurant ready mushrooms.
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu expanded on an older Chinese proverb, saying, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” It is for precisely this reason that I’m exploring these concepts. I want to develop a pattern language to articulate what we are seeing in the market, so we can better define ourselves and the other actors in the space that we will inevitably be competing with.
In a time when women weren’t allowed to be scientists, Beatrix Potter was somewhat of a rebel. She was drawn to mycology, and the arbitrary rules weren’t enough to keep her from studying and learning.
The second habit in Stephen R. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is “Begin with the End in Mind.” We have discussed this idea of working backwards a lot, but recent conversations have highlighted to me that there is a need to explore the ultimate direction that the market is heading, so we can better articulate why we are doing what we are doing.
When designing a grow room, it’s important to know that keeping your room hospitable for growing mushrooms is a constant balancing act between five main factors. Perfection isn’t necessary, or even attainable, but it’s essential to realize that often when one element changes, another will have to as well. It’s a push and pull to get the correct combination, but your mushrooms will tell you what they’re needing, if you pay attention.
Worthy leaders are more than just powerful, however. Having multiple talents is necessary. Being able to adapt with the times is an essential one for keeping a kingdom thriving. Several oysters have specific recipe types they work best with, leaving them limited. King Oysters, on the other hand, are versatile mushrooms, due to their dense, meaty texture and lack of earthy flavor.
Crab cakes are a popular dish, one that people just starting on a vegetarian diet would likely miss a lot. This recipe is supposed to be close enough to the original that unsuspecting eaters wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. It can also be made with Comb Tooth or Bear’s Head mushrooms.
Every mushroom grower has some idea about what they should focus on in their operation. The hard truth is that the most fundamental thing a mushroom operation must do is make more money than they spend. Period.
Growing in the wild, they’ll appear as white toothed clusters on hardwoods. When harvesting, it’s best to use a knife to cut them off at the base, as the delicate branches are likely to fall apart if you aren’t careful. If a yellow tinge has started to show, the mushrooms may have a sour or bad taste, so it’s best to eat them fresh. Removing yellowed mushrooms is still be a good idea, since fresh ones may sprout in their place.
There are different stages of infection as the mycelium spreads through the host’s body, eventually completely taking over the mind. The first couple of stages are stronger and faster than uninfected humans but have been blinded by the mycelium growing in their eyes.
This coal was put into a carved turnip for easy carrying, and off Jack went. Legends started popping up of a phantom light leading people to their deaths in swamps and bogs. People believed this light was from Jack’s lantern, and many consider this to be the origin of Halloween’s traditional Jack-o-Lanterns.
Each of the building types being looked at have a lot to offer, and there is also the possibility of using a combination of some or all of them. There are a few bonuses that mycotecture has: the ease of creating customized structures, the ability to repair itself, the speed it grows, and the simplicity in transporting it.
Chicken of the Woods will last up to a week in the fridge or frozen for longer, but using it fresh seems to be best in my opinion. After a few days of storage, the chicken taste isn’t as strong and it starts to soften, losing the chicken-esque texture.
It’s true. While many people still think of them as plants, in 1969, it was decided that they fit into the classification kingdom of Fungi with molds and yeasts. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that they’re often considered vegetables due to being highly nutrient dense.
Unlike plants, however, mushrooms can’t create their own food. They don’t photosynthesize, they absorb their food from their ecosystem by releasing enzymes that break down the particles around them. There has been work toward utilizing this for the benefit of the environment, using them to break down plastics, oils, and maybe more.
It’s the Phalloides’ ability for complete destruction that has drawn the interest of researchers like David Perrin. The trait that makes amanitin --the main toxin in Amanita Phalloides-- so deadly is its ability to stop cells from processing, causing them to die. After some studies, it was discovered that it also has a penchant for destroying cancer cells, even dormant ones that typical treatments don’t touch.
King Blue Oysters, on the other hand, are a completely different story. When they first start growing, they could easily be confused for some sort of grotesque brain eating fungus. At the very least, they’re not the eye-catching beauties you’d expect from a mushroom with a regal name.
Did you know that rice was once used as a currency and was highly sought after? Odd to think about, now that it’s so commonplace, right? Reishi mushrooms aren’t so different. For over 2,500 years these mushrooms have been known for their health-giving boon. In fact, once dubbed the “mushroom of immortality”, there was a time when in China the Reishi was restricted to royalty only. Now, this mushroom that was once just for hierarchy is cultivated and grows right on your counter-top.
On top of being delicious, Shiitake provide several potential benefits to your health. Rich in B vitamins, but low in fat, Shiitakes are also known in many cultures for aiding with weight loss, and controlling your blood sugar and pressure levels. Is it really any surprise they’re one of the most popular of the cultivated mushrooms?
If you are wanting to start a home-based business growing mushrooms, Pink Oysters are an excellent starting place. Vibrant colors are known for drawing in interest at a farmers market; in fact, before I got more knowledgeable with mushrooms I hadn’t known it was possible for them to be beautiful. Seeing the Pink Oysters for the first time is a considerable part of what got me interested in learning more about mushrooms in general.
This is just a small sample of the variety of beautiful mushrooms that exist. There are millions of different strains all over the world, each with its own uniqueness. Limiting our view of mushrooms to the few that don't capture the imagination is really shortchanging the world of the truly amazing benefits that mushrooms bring. Not just to humankind, but to the world as a whole.