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





The Morels:
Land-Fish Mushrooms
of the Genus Morchella



orels embody the mystique of mushrooms. They are elusive,
highly camouflaged, and appear for just a few days in any
one place. Finding Morels in the wild tests the skills of even the most

experienced mushroom hunter. Once found, Morel patches are
guarded by secrecy and treasured like family heirlooms. Revealing
the location of a Morel patch is an admirable expression of friendship and trust. . and, it may be the most foolish thing any Morel
hunter can do!
In northern latitudes, from April to June, Morels grow in several
specialized habitats. They thrive in abandoned apple orchards; at the
bases of dying and dead elms; around living cottonwoods, oaks and
poplars; in sandy gravel soils along rivers and streams; in "beauty
bark" used for landscaping; at the bases of young firs; in the tracks
left by bulldozers punching new roads through forests; in limed soils,
and in the wastelands left by fires.


"Land Fish" is a Native American name, possibly Mohawk, aptly given to Morels.

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