Shroomie Shrooms

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Yes, Scott and I are total suckers for anything related to the whole artisanal, DIY movement.  We are THOSE people.  While we haven't done any canning or pickling yet,  I'm sure that will happen once the loquat tree in our front yard starts bearing fruit.  In the meantime we have ventured into the world of small scale mushroom farming - not not magic mushrooms, but large beautiful shitakes.  We purchased the 'Ma and Pa log' from Lost Creek Mushroom Farm recently and grew our first batch of 3 mushrooms.  That comes to over 15 bucks per mushroom. But the good thing is that the logs last for years. They fruit every couple of months and the subsequent harvests should be more productive.  Here are some photos of the mushrooms (which grew to full size within a week of soaking the logs).
 The shitakes at their baby stage. Edible, but just a couple more days until full size
 Those is some big shrooms!
 How perfect are the gills on the bottom?  Way better looking than something you'd find at the grocery store.
And finally me doing some harvesting.  We ate them yesterday in a breakfast scramble (which admittedly Scott over-rosemaried so the mushroom was a little faint) and in a Asian stir fry for dinner.


  1. hmmmm....I better not let my husband see this. He is also "those" people.

    Looks amazing, though!

  2. Shiitake mushroom is one of my favorites! It's so wonderful to be able to harvest your own mushrooms.

  3. you've made them look so elegant! i maybe should not show this to my husband. although at 15 bucks a shroom, definitely a long term investment.

    and a loquat tree - wow!

  4. wow, that picture of the gills is gorgeous!!

  5. Hi Jessica, These are wonderful. The trunks on the kitchen floor, wow! I love it. Plus the flowers for Cori's wedding are really beautiful. Work has made me a bad blogger friend it's nice to be visiting again. I have succulants for you and Claudia.

  6. wow! this is brilliant! totally inspired to try this myself.