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This is a page dedicated to startups or those interested in mushrooms but have no experience with them. Use the left-side menu bar to browse around and read about the wonderful world of mushrooms. You will find posts mostly related to growing gourmet mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms, wild edible mushrooms and their look-alike or other interesting facts about mushrooms and their impact on our life.

NOTE FOR STARTERS INTERESTED IN MUSHROOM GROWING
I met people wanting to start growing for their first time mushrooms that most people wouldn't grow (for example turkey tail (Trametes versicolor)). Now, this explains that we have our own interests and not everyone wants to start growing oyster mushrooms just because they are easy to grow. Anyways, if you want to grow mushrooms for food then i would recommend you to start with what's easy to grow so you can familiarize yourself with what means to grow mushrooms. Once you have a general idea on what this means try some other ones and see how the growing process or fungus behavior differs from the previous one.Start by growing the common oyster. This comes in different varieties which is reflected in differences regarding shape, colors, consistency, taste, etc. Try growing the blue oyster (var. columbinus), the white oyster, the brown oyster, the olive-brown, the pearl, gray and so on.
   
All of these oyster mushroom types belong to the common oyster which is actually a complex [Level 1 -probably the easiest to grow and therefore I recommend you to start your mushroom adventure as grower by trying these ones out].

LEVEL #1

  • Oyster Mushrooms -Pleurotus spp. Common oyster (P. ostreatus, var.columbinus, P. pulmonarius, P. florida n.n., etc)
  • Yellow oysters (P. citrinopileatus)
  • Pink oysters (P. djamor & allies)
  • Abalone oyster (P. cystidiosus)

LEVEL #2

  • King Oyster (P. eryngii)
  • Milky (Calocybe indica)
  • Stropharia (Stropharia rugosoannulata)
  • Paddy Straw (Volvariella volvacea)

Levels 1& 2 are easy to grow. In regards to Level 2 -King oysters and Milky you will notice that growing these mushroom is rewarding because of prolonged shelf life, edible stem, taste or consistency but using the same grow methods as for those from Level #1 provides fewer mushrooms. Some changes in growth procedure are needed in this case.

So, play around with different strains of these particular mushrooms, take notes and learn what are their requirements in terms of conditions and what their characteristics are. Once you gain experience in growing these mushroom types you may take your mushroom adventure to the next level -You become an AMATEUR mushroom enthusiast

TOGETHER WE REACH THE GOAL