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- Organic Shiitake Mushroom Plug Spawn
Organic Shiitake Mushroom Plug Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) is a nutritious mushroom that produces medium-to-large, brown, umbrella-shaped caps that tend to fruit throughout the summer to fall growing season. They are a delicious edible fungus from East Asia and their flavor is often described as rich, savory, buttery, and umami. Shiitake tends to produce generous flushes and they are a great mushroom for beginners. They colonize quickly and are the most reliable producers of any species.
Aside from being kiln dried, our wooden dowels are not treated in any other way.
"5 of the Best Shiitake Mushroom Recipes"
Ideal project size:
Plug spawn is ideal for smaller projects of 1-10 logs, though some log cultivators will use them for larger projects.
That's not mold, it's mycelium!
Your kit includes plug spawn colonized with mushroom mycelium. It may appear covered with a soft, white, mold-like substance - that's the mushroom mycelium! It is completely normal. The mycelium of some species is more prominent than others.
To grow on logs using plug spawn, you will need a Drill Bit, Log Sealing Wax, and Wax Daubers.
Click here to download our pamphlet on growing mushrooms on logs, stumps, and totems.
Shiitake works best with the log method. Colonization takes at least 9-12 months, and fruiting tends to occur throughout the summer to fall growing seasons and after rainfalls. Preferred wood species are oak, maple, or beech.
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.
"5 of the Best Shiitake Mushroom Recipes"
Shiitake has a meaty texture when cooked and is good for drying and reconstituting in winter soups. It pairs beautifully with tamari, ginger, and garlic and can bring needed umami to many different dishes. These mushrooms are delicious sauteed and can be used in stir-fries, risottos, ramens, on pizzas, or simply eaten by themselves.
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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Great, easy to use.
plugs came on time. Seemed to be fine when received and installed into logs. Now we wait. Also got Oyster and lions mane. Oyster mushroom spawn seemed to have little to no white Myscillium compared to the other two. Not sure if this is an issue or not.
Now there’s the wait
Very easy to follow the directions . . . now waiting the results.
Great for beginner log growers!
I tried this out after using a spray and grow kit successfully. I found the plugs to be easy to use without requiring a lot of special equipment.
I bought both the shiitake and golden oyster mushroom plugs. I stored them in the fridge in their original packaging for 2 weeks while I got all my logs together. When I opened them there was tons of mycelium on the plugs, I have very high hopes. A very high quality product in my opinion.
So far, so good!
I have ordered twice. The first set of 200 came and we inoculated logs, but found we had extra logs. Ordered more! Now we are waiting on the second set of 200. So far, so good! Love your office staff. Quick to respond to my questions and concerns and very nice individuals. Kay Fanson, top of Lookout Mountain, Fort Payne, Alabama.
So far so good!
I just inoculated my logs so no shrooms yet but the dowels that NS uses are superior to other brands. They have the lengthwise rib instead of the corkscrew which makes them much easier to tap into the logs.
Great wide temperature strain
This is my second time buying these because I love the strain. I get good fruiting even when it's a bit warm. They respond well to hitting and soaking to force fruit. Overall these are really nice and well work the money.
I've been using this product since 2019 and re-purchased twice. Consistent quality and quick shipping
Yo! Great Christmas Gifts!
With the clear instructions and wide variety of mushrooms available, these will be great gifts for my three children who live in separate states...and should be interesting to see the differences in harvests...