Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation
Lentinula edodes: Shiitake is very nutritious and medicinal mushroom that produces edible brown umbrella-shaped caps. It is traditionally used in East Asian cuisine but can be adapted into many different styles of cooking.
Check out our Spawn FAQ to figure out what type of logs you can use!
Plug Spawn- great for first time mushroom log growers. Used for small projects. 1-10 logs
Inoculation: Works best with the Log Method. It will take at least 12 months of colonization before producing mushrooms and tends to fruit throughout the Summer to Fall growing season and after rainfalls. Preferred wood species are Oak, Maple, or Beech.
Shiitake is a great mushroom for beginners. They colonize quickly and are the most reliable producers of any species. Great for commercial cultivation!
Cooking: 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.
Properties: In addition to acting as a general immune system booster, Shiitake can be used as a tonic to promote overall liver and kidney health (Marley, 2009). Shiitake also contains high concentrations of the substance eritadenine, which may be beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol levels (Enman et al., 2007). Beyond helping relieve an ailment, Shiitake has nutritional value due to its ability to absorb Vitamin D. Drying Shiitake in the sunlight will increase Vitamin D levels by more than a hundred times compared to Shiitake dried in the dark (Stamets, 2005).