Growing Shiitake Mushrooms at Home

A delight to the palate, the home-grown, edible shiitake mushrooms can turn waste-wood into $20-per-pound produce.

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Shiitake mushrooms are lignicolous, drawing nutrients from the lignin and cellulose in dead wood. They will eventually reach a size of two to six inches in diameter. The caps, which begin as round buttons, flatten as the mushrooms mature.
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