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







Figure 292. Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa fruiting from Douglas fir sawdust.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Generation Spawn Media: Grain spawn

throughout with the final stage of myceial

expansion being sawdustlchips.
especially alder, cottonwood, oak,
Substrates for Fruiting: Hardwood sawdust and wood chips,
birch, and beech. Douglas fir will also support fruitings.
Recommended Containers for Fruiting: Trays or framed beds outdoors.

Yield Potentials: Unavailable.
Nutritional Content: Not known to this author
mushrooms for centuries to
Medicinal Properties: None authenticated. Shamans have used these
for possible medical
diagnose illness. Anecdotal reports received by this author suggest a few venues
degeneration told me that small amounts of
research. An elderly friend suffering from chronic hearing
effect on his hearing. Residual
these mushrooms, too small to cause intoxication, had a remarkably positive
others of his experiences.
effects would carry over for several days. He urged me to tell

visualization, and may possibly be a
These mushrooms enhance the mind's ability for complex
should be used oniy under the
tool for controlling the autonomic nervous system. These
for this experience
careful supervision and guidance of a physician or a shaman.
laughter, and other symptoms of psychooften suffer from attacks of paranoia. fits of uncontrolled
logical alteration.
scientists for their potential meMushrooms of this group have been largely ignored by Western

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