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This page is dedicated to Experienced Mushroom Growers. But what does 'Experienced' mean? You don't need to pass all these levels that I've set to be experienced. You may grow one mushroom know lots about it and be considered an expert in growing that particular mushroom. This is rather rare among mushroom enthusiasts but I must confess that I've met such people. Every expert has challenges even if he got to the top of his thing but an expert will constructively think what must be done to improve methodology or other areas to get to best results when growing mushrooms. One rule applies here:two heads are always better than one. Different people -different point of views. Working to improve things in a group seems to be more efficient than working alone to solve any challenges that might arise.
How to cut costs and still get a great yield or how to get that contamination under 2% are just two of the constant expert thoughts that swirl in the head.
At this stage experienced people in most cases are interested in how to grow the weird mushrooms like the ones of the Level 4. A bit challenging to grow these ones but not impossible, I guess it builds more personal experience because none out there grows these for profit. At the end they remain a nice try or a sweet success.
Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)
Steak Fungus (Fistulina hepatica)
Blewit (Lepista nuda)
Cauliflower Fungus (Sparassis crispa)
Wild mushrooms are highly appreciated. You may see them from time to time at Wholefoods and guess what? many people are ready to give away big bucks for em. Restaurants want them! Why not grab a slice of this business too? Why give people only what can be grown? What seems to be important is again: look, freshness, taste, consistency, color, shelf-life and availability. Unfortunately they're not always available unless you want to put a new candidate on the Level 5 list. At this level probably the famous morel mushroom remains a priority.
Morel Mushroom (Morchella sp.)
The good news is that it can be grown, even though very few out there got to actually grow them and I failed miserably at this but that's another story. Well, they can be easily grown in your own yard or in the woods which is great. I would encourage everyone to try grow them and share their stories, maybe as a group we'll do a better job.