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






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Oyster mushrooms. See recipes.
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fully developed H. ulmarius mushroom far
ter-like mushrooms. I find the texture and flavor of a
of Pleurotus ostreatus or Pleurotus pulmonarius.
surpasses that of the even the youngest specimens
well to experiment with this mushroom
Oyster mushroom cultivators throughout the world would do
and popularize it as an esculent.
When the caps grow to the broadly convex
This mushroom is extraordinary for many reasons.
increase in mass. (In most cultivated mushrooms,
stage, lateral growth continues, with an appreciable
signifies an end to an increase in biomass, and
when the cap becomes broadly convex, this period
feature development, such as gill extenmarks the beginning of re-apportionment of tissue for final
early, a substantial loss in yield results. Not only isH.
sion, etc.) If cultivators pick the mushrooms too
species, but the quality of its fruitbody far
ulmarius' spore load substantially less than most Pleurotus
P. djamor P corn ucopiae and allies. In my opinion, only P.
exceeds P ostreatuS, P
favorably with H. ulmarius in flavor and texture.
eryngii and H. tessulatus compare

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