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Mushrooms #8: First Shitake Mushroom

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Blog entry by Radicalfarmergal posted 06-04-2013 01:00 PM 1451 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Inoculating Logs for a Mushroom Harvest Part 8 of Mushrooms series Part 9: Shitake mushrooms for dinner tonight »

A little more than a year after we inoculated logs, we have had our first mushroom. Unfortunately, “matters of consequence” got in the way and I didn’t discover it until it was really too large to eat. My understanding is that they should be harvested between one and three inches and this one is already over five inches across. Still, I am hoping it is the first of many and I am regularly checking my mushroom logs again!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout



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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-04-2013 01:01 PM

I have been wondering how your mushrooms were doing—I should have asked, maybe you would have found this baby in time. Sorry that I didn’t post something. Dang.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-04-2013 01:03 PM

I am going to catch the next one in time, definitely!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Harold and Pam

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posted 06-04-2013 02:42 PM

I’m sure you can boil it and experience Woodstock all over again. Just saying! And for the record, I have no personal experience with such stuff.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-04-2013 02:49 PM

: D I don’t think Shitake mushrooms have any psychedelic or other Woodstock-like qualities but I have heard that they taste great.

And I am just a tad bit too young to remember Woodstock…..

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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justjoel

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posted 06-04-2013 03:25 PM

Woodstock? Isn’t that Snoopy’s little bird friend? Doubt he does mushrooms either (but I bet Schroeder does – you know those musician/artist types….).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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daltxguy

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posted 06-04-2013 04:16 PM

Most people at Woodstock probably don’t remember Woodstock.

May your mycelium migrate to many more mounds and multiply manyfold…

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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LPC

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posted 06-05-2013 02:06 AM

Just curious why it cant be eaten at that size ?
Are they tough or taste changes ?

I have just inoculated two logs with 100 Shitake plugs for a first time try with mushrooms.
I know practically nothing about growing them…..but I’m trying it anyway.
I would love to know more,

Lisa

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-05-2013 12:38 PM

Daltxguy – Funny, my friend. I foresee a future fulfilling my fantasies of a forest of fern and fungus. Fresh foliage falls on the forest floor forming future fertilizer. Frequent rains fall fast and furious from above and flow freely on the forest floor, finally funneling to form freshets.

Lisa, these are my first shitake mushrooms so I am just learning as I go. My understanding is that the mushrooms become water-logged if they get too large, losing their taste. Also, as they get older, mushrooms tend to get woodier. If you see by the photo, the edges of the mushroom have already started to turn up and it has probably already released its spores. Based on my research, it is probably still edible but I want my first mushroom to taste good too. Instead, I am going to sprinkle the logs every day and watch for a good harvest. Good luck with your logs!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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