There are many benefits to growing your own mushrooms at home and with the right tools, it can be done very easily. However, prior to moving forward, you will need to determine what type of mushrooms you would like to grow and then the ideal growing conditions for that mushroom variety.
Of the most common types of edible mushrooms, the 5 best mushrooms to grow in your house are chanterelles, morels, lion’s mane, maitake, and oyster.
- This golden and yellow-colored mushroom is easy to spot while walking in the woods. Chanterelles grow on both the east and west coast, though they tend to grow larger in the east and smaller in the west. The eastern varieties can be almost as big around as a clenched fist. while the west coast varieties usually top out at about two pounds in weight.
- Due to their fleshy composition, chanterelles are great in recipes and work well in stews and soups and chicken and veal dishes.
- Morels vary in color from cream to black and have a honeycomb pattern making them easy to locate.
- While you can sometimes grow morels in early spring, the peak season is April and May, as they only grow when the temperature of the ground reaches 50 to 58 degrees.
- Naturally, these mushrooms are easy to find near moist areas and are commonly associated with trees ranging from oak to beech to conifers. If these are grown near apple orchards, you should be careful because they can easily absorb the residue of any pesticides used to maximize apple crop since the pesticides can reside in the soil for long periods of time.
- Morels are famous for their smoky and nutty flavor. They do need to be washed thoroughly however because the honeycomb structure can trap dirt easily.
Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
- Lion’s mane mushrooms are famous for their bearded tooth and pom-pom structure making them easy to find in hardwood trees in the late fall and summer.
- The taste of this particular mushroom is quite similar to seafood.
- Maitake mushrooms can be found at the bottom of trees, especially oak trees, and have small, overlapping shaped caps.
- They are famous in the northeast, but can be easily found as far west as Idaho.
- Since they are larger mushrooms they can be difficult to eat so it is important to harvest them when they are young. They can also be dried to make powders to use in sauces, soups, and bread.
- Oyster mushrooms belong to one of common types of edible mushrooms and can grow year-round but the best time is during the cold weather.
- With white-gray to tan-colored caps, they look like scalloped caps on dying trees such as dogwoods, oaks, and maple.
- Insects can often be found hiding in the gills, so make sure to clean them thoroughly before eating and be sure to discard any stems that look like wood.
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