Organic Hen of the Woods (Maitake) Grain Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Flavor profile||Succulent, earthy|
|Certifications||USDA certified organic|
|Bag weight||6 lbs|
Hen of the woods, aka Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is a succulent polypore with a delicate feathery texture and earthy rich flavor. It is one of the finest fungi on the market, despite the fact that it's not as popular as other foods in its category. Its lacy sides make it a great option for frying, roasting, sautéing, and adding a visual flair to many dishes. Indoor fruiting can be inconsistent, and growing conditions must be well maintained. For this reason, these mushrooms are best for enthusiast growers who have had some success growing other species indoors.
Hen of the woods grain spawn can be used for indoor production using sawdust-based sterilized substrate.
Do not use grain spawn for log inoculation.
Hen of the woods mushroom grain spawn can be mixed into sterilized hardwood sawdust to create hen of the woods substrate blocks.
Note: Grain spawn must be mixed with bulk substrate before you can fruit it. If you are new to growing mushrooms, we recommend purchasing a book on mushroom cultivation.
'Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms' by Paul Stamets
'Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation' by Tradd Cotter
Colonization Temps 70-75 degrees F Fruiting Temps 55-60 degrees F CO2 Sensitivity 2000-5000 ppm
If you don't plan to use immediately, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.
Hen of woods has a semi-firm texture and earthy flavor. It can be ripped into small pieces and added to a dish or left large to be the centerpiece of a meal. We love to confit hen of the woods by slow cooking it at a low temperature in an oven submerged in extra virgin olive oil. After 4-5 hours the hen of the woods will be crispy and delicious and you'll have mushroom infused olive oil!
Our grain spawn is USDA certified organic and made using organic cultures from our own culture bank. It contains a blend of locally sourced, organic, and non-GMO ingredients from farms in New England and North America.
If you’re going to consume home-grown mushrooms, make sure to cook your fresh mushrooms thoroughly with heat. If it is your first time eating this species, it is best to start with a small amount to check for allergies, even if cooked.
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Truly Amazing HOTW Spawn and Fruiting
Ordered this HOTW grain spawn hoping to grow some HOTW for the first time, indoors. Have grown many other species but never HOTW. I have ordered many types of grain spawn and LC from North Spore and it has always been great. But, this was amazing. I use the grain spawn to create four 8lb Masters Mix blocks at 65% field capacity. Put them on the shelf to colonize. 8 weeks later small fruit started appearing around the top edges of the bags. I wait till the fruits were about 3-4 inches before opening the top and cutting the bags down to just above the tops of the fruits, then putting them in the fruiting chamber. Explosive growth after that. I have cultured some of the fruiting bodies to add to my library! North Spore does it again. Dave
Maitake too a long time to fruit but 100% success
I highly recommend the maitake grain spawn, as I got 100% of all my Sawdust bags (after using the grain spawn at 20%) to fruit about 5- 6 months later! Definitely slow growing, but worth the wait. Just set it a forget it for first 4 months after full colonization and then expose it to high light for at least 12 hours a day to get the pins to set in about 1 month, then it takes another few weeks to another month for harvest. I had mine at lower temperatures, since I grew them during the late fall through late winter months. Like all cultivation, make sure you have good clean process and technique.
Dead on Arrival
Spawn was in poor condition when it arrived and showed little to no sign of recovery. Customer service advised me to move forward but with a higher inoculation rate. Two bags of NorthSpore WoodLovr were each inoculated with 2lbs NorthSpore maitake grain spawn in an Erlab laminar flow hood. Both bags showed a slight bit of growth at 10 days. The largest was about a dime size of colonization. Over the next couple of weeks, the mycelium retreated and can no longer be seen. The bags were held in a temperature controlled closest at 70F* the entire time after inoculation. It has been 9 weeks since inoculation. Customer service refunded $28 for my troubles, but I'm still out $47. I would not recommend NorthSpore for spawn or substrate.