Growing gourmet and medical mushrooms

Paul Stamets. Growing gourmet and medical mushrooms. - Ten Speed Press, 2000


1. Mushrooms, Civilization and History

2. The Role of Mushrooms in Nature

3.Selecting a Candidate for Cultivation

4. Natural Culture: Creating Mycological Landscapes

5. The Stametsian Model: Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

6. Materials fo rFormulating a Fruiting Substrate

7. Biological Efficiency: An Expression of Yield

8. Home-made vs. Commercial Spawn

9. The Mushroom Life Cycle

10. The Six Vectors of Contamination

11. Mind and Methods for Mushroom Culture

12. Culturing Mushroom Mycelium on Agar Media

13. The Stock Culture Library: A Genetic Bank of Mushroom Strains

14. Evaluating a Mushroom Strain

15. Generating Grain Spawn

16. Creating Sawdust Spawn

17. Growing Gourmet Mushrooms on Enriched Sawdust

18. Cultivating Gourmet Mushrooms on Agricultural Waste Products

19. Cropping Containers

20. Casing: A Topsoil Promoting Mushroom Formation

21. Growth Parameters for Gourmet and Medicinal Mushroom Species

Spawn Run: Colonizing the Substrate

Primordia Formation: The Initiation Strategy

Fruitbody (Mushroom) Development

The Gilled Mushrooms

The Polypore Mushrooms of the Genera Ganoderma, Grifola and Polyporus

The Lion’s Mane of the Genus Hericium

The Wood Ears of the Genus Auricularia

The Morels: Land-Fish Mushrooms of the Genus Morchella

The Morel Life Cycle

22. Maximizing the Substrate’s Potential through Species Sequencing

23. Harvesting, Storing, and Packaging the Crop for Market

24. Mushroom Recipes: Enjoying the Fruits of Your Labors

25. Cultivation problems & Their Solutions: A Troubleshoting guide


I. Description of Environment for a Mushroom Farm

II. Designing and Building A Spawn Laboratory

III. The Growing Room: An Environment for Mushroom Formation & Development

IV. Resource Directory

V. Analyses of Basic Materials Used in Substrate Preparation

VI. Data Conversion Tables






Hypholoma sublateritium (Fries) Quelet

clusters of this species are often
Introduction: A favorite of Midwest mushroom hunters, great
Japanese have

rich in wood debris. The
found on dead hardwoods, especially stumps, logs, and soilsHypholoma sub! ateritiufli is another expioneered cultivation using techniques similar to Shiitake.
preferred outdoor method is to inoculate hardcellent candidate for recycling stumps. In Japan, a
settings. Fairly productive indoors, this
wood logs that are then partially buried in shady, natural
mushroom has yet to be cultivated commercially in North
Chestnut Mushroom)
Common Names: Kuritake (Japanese for The
Brick Top
Red Woodlover
Considerations: Synonymous with Naematoloifla sub! ateritium (Fr.)

Taxonomic Synonyms and

with age to broadly convex, and
Description: Cap 2-7 cm. broad, hemispheric to convex, expanding
towards the center, and a lighter yellow
eventually plane in age. Cap tan to brown to brick red, darker
floccose remnants of the partial veil, soon
near the margin. Margin incurved at first and covered with
bruising yellowish. Gills
straightening, and eventually uplifted at maturity. Flesh relatively thick,
purple gray when mature. Stem 5-10
close, bluntly attached to the stem, pallid at first, becoming dark

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