- Hemlock Reishi Mushroom Plug Spawn
Hemlock Reishi Mushroom Plug Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Flavor profile||Young: Earthy; Mature: Bitter, woody|
|Bag sizes||100, 500 & 1,000 count|
Hemlock reishi or "hemlock varnish shelf" (Ganoderma tsugae) produces beautiful shelf-like fruiting bodies with a shiny brownish-orange varnish and white margin. In the spring, when the fresh growth is still white with no hint of pores or lacquered color showing, many growers collect the marshmallow-y fruiting bodies to eat as fresh mushrooms. Others will allow their hemlock reishi to grow into large waxy caps, at which point they become too bitter to consume. At this stage, they are ideal for drying and making into medicinal powders, extracts, tinctures, and teas. Hemlock reishi is great for advanced and enthusiast growers who have had some success growing other mushrooms. NOTE: Ganoderma tsugae is a species of reishi only grows on hemlock. It will not grow on hardwoods.
Plug spawn is ideal for smaller projects of 1-10 logs, though some log cultivators will use them for larger projects.
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This species of reishi mushroom grows on hemlock. Reishi works best when fully colonized logs are buried underground. Reishi likes any of the three log methods and colonizes in 12-24 months. It prefers oak logs and fruits in the summer. After a 1-year colonization period above ground, Reishi logs may be buried under 2 inches of topsoil to mimic its natural method of production. Mushrooms will fruit from the logs and emerge from the soil.
If you don’t plan to use your reishi sawdust spawn right away, store in the refrigerator. Use within 6 months of receipt.
The fresh, soft growth of the "lip" of G. tsugae can be sautéed and prepared much like other edible mushrooms. However, the tough woody center is bitter. For this reason, we don’t recommend it for culinary use. However, it can be dried and made into teas or powders. It can also be extracted to make tinctures.
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.