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Outdoor Mushroom Log Kits contain a drill bit, complete instructions, sealing wax, a wax applicator, and 100ct plug spawn or voucher (see below).
A popular cultivated mushroom in Japan, the Chestnut mushroom is grown best on deciduous oak or maple logs. Once cultivated, the Chestnut mushroom has a full flavor that is evoked with thorough cooking. We recommend you use its rich, nutty flavor as a compliment to autumn soups.
Chestnut mushrooms aren't too difficult to cultivate, but pose some minor challenges with identification. Not a great mushroom for first time cultivators or those unfamiliar with how to properly identify different mushrooms species.
The Chestnut Mushroom has medicinal qualities that inhibit tumor and microbial growth. In one study conducted on lab mice, polysaccharides taken from Chestnut Mushroom mycelium reduced the growth of cancerous tumors by about 60% (Ohtsuka et al., 1973). Acting as an antimicrobial, an extract of Chestnut Mushroom was shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus (Dulger et al., 2002).
Spawn is living and perishable.
It can live unrefrigerated for up to three months, though it is best to keep it refrigerated for long-term storage. Because of its perishability we offer our Outdoor Mushroom Log Kits with two options:
Outdoor Mushroom Log Kits can be shipped either withmushroom spawn included (for projects that will begin within 3 months of the order date) or shipped with a voucher for receiving spawn at a later date (best for holiday gifts or projects beyond a 3 month start date).