Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

Here's the lowdown on growing shiitake mushrooms, an exotic Oriental one-legged edible.



065 growing shiitake mushrooms - mushroom cage
The author built this mushroom cage to facilitate the process of growing shiitake mushrooms.
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065 growing shiitake mushrooms - mushrooms on tree
In Japan, the shiitake mushrooms— formerly reserved for royalty—are now grown in large quantities on harwood logs, considered an integral part of that country's forest industry, and exported worldwide by the millions. 
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065 growing shiitake mushrooms - white mycelium
When your mushroom compost is covered with a "spawn run" of white mycelium it's ready to be exposed to light.
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065 growing shiitake mushrooms - ready to harvest
These clumps of mature fungi growing on mycelium-coated compost will be harvested to make room for a new crop. 
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065 growing shiitake mushrooms - ready to eat
The ruler will give you some idea of the size of these strong-flavored mushrooms when they're ready for eating.
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