Lion's Mane Mushroom Plug Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Flavor profile||Mild, crab-like|
|Bag sizes||100, 500, & 1,000 count|
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a nutritious medicinal mushroom that produces plump white clusters with icicle-like teeth. When cooked, it has a consistency and flavor similar to crab meat. Though slightly harder to get flushes than oysters or shiitake, they are still a great outdoor mushroom for intermediate growers. They colonize quickly and are relatively reliable producers.
Plug spawn is ideal for smaller projects of 1-10 logs, though some log cultivators will use them for larger projects.
Click here to download our pamphlet on growing mushrooms on logs, stumps, and totems.
Lion’s mane prefers the Totem Method, though it can work with Log or Stump methods. (Yields tend to be smaller with log or stump methods). Colonization is 12-24 months and fruits in the fall. Lion’s mane prefers maple but can grow on many hardwood species and on logs with large or small diameters.
For our complete plug spawn pamphlet, click here.
If you don't plan to use immediately, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.
Its unique flavor and consistency make it ideal as a seafood substitute in recipes. We like to slice it into rounds and pan-fry it in olive oil or butter. We also recommend ripping it up and making vegan or vegetarian crab cakes with it. You can find some amazing recipes online!
The spawn used in our mushroom plugs is grown on USDA certified organic grain and made with organic cultures from our own culture bank. Our plugs are handmade from a blend of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods from farms and forests 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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Can't Wait to Get Started
This will be my first time growing from plugs. I've grown one of the kits that you must daily and had success. The plugs arrived, nicely packaged. I had several large limbs torn from a maple tree a couple months ago. They are now cut into 4 foot sections. I'll be inserting the plugs on Saturday and probably growing these in my basement. I will try to update once they start producing.
Last year we inoculated logs with oyster plugs and made a bed for wine cap mushrooms. We are hoping to start the harvest this year! We have too many elm trees on property, and decided to try our hand at Lion’s mane down this time. The logs will be ready to plug this weekend!! We are very pleased with north spore. The spawn has always arrived looking healthy and ready to grow! They send alerts to let customers know when the package will arrive so it can be safe from the weather. We’ll keep you posted on our growing mushroom farm!