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Why It’s a Good Idea to Grow Mushrooms

By on December 15, 2011

Tricia harvests Portabella mushrooms she grew indoors.

Grow mushrooms at home as a fun, family project and for good health!

In our latest video Tricia shows how she grows both Blue Oyster and Portabella mushrooms at home.

New research is showing the importance of mushrooms as a source of Vitamin D and other nutrients.

Mushrooms also have an amazing capacity to clean up toxic sites in the world. But the way mushrooms channel toxic waste makes it especially important to eat only homegrown or organically grown mushrooms.

The special, fresh-picked flavor you enjoy in homegrown produce is also there in homegrown mushrooms.


Apple a day? Add mushrooms to that list, along with garlic.

The Mushroom Council has links to medical research showing the high levels of Vitamin D, potassium, riboflavin, and niacin in mushrooms. Mushrooms are a great source of the antioxidant selenium, too.


According to our mushroom supplier, Fungi Perfecti, all mushrooms should be cooked before eating. They recommend sauteeing or grilling mushrooms. Mushrooms contain chitin, which we cannot digest, and the chitin is simply roughage in our digestive tracts. Cooking opens the cells of the mushrooms so we can get all their nutritional goodness—plus the flavors of the mushrooms are dramatically enhanced by cooking.


Keep the variety going in your kitchen when you grow different kinds of mushrooms throughout the year with our mushroom kits.

Start with your favorite and then branch out for new flavors, shapes, and cuisines. The traditional White Button mushroom tastes SO much better when you grow it at home. Use Portabella mushrooms like little steaks, on or off the grill. Enjoy exotic Shiitake mushrooms for their beauty and taste.

Are you an oyster mushroom fan? Grow three different kinds: Pearl Oyster, Elm Oyster, and Blue Oyster indoors. Do you brew a lot of coffee at home? Espresso Oyster mushrooms love to grow in coffee grounds.

For more information on the ways mushrooms can rebalance the planet, read the riveting book Mycellium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. Find out how fungi act as the Internet of the forests, how they can clean up toxic wastes, and more.

Ready to go in-depth with mushrooms? The acknowledged authoritative book on the subject is Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms.

Both these books were written by mycologist Paul Stamets. He’s also an inspiring speaker, and Tricia was impressed when she heard his lecture at an environmental conference recently. If he’s appearing in your area, be sure to go!

Grow mushrooms indoors and give yourself a delicious, healthy treat!

  Comments (9)


we are in florida with an avarge temp of 80 in winter and our house is 78 all these temps are4 warmer in summer.  can we grow mushrooms?

Posted by Dennis Burival on Dec. 17, 2011 at 11:09:08 AM


where’s the video?

Posted by Debra on May. 05, 2012 at 6:03:37 AM

Dennis, A mushroom that grows well up to 80F is shiitake. You could grow those in the winter at your house.

Posted by on May. 08, 2012 at 5:25:19 PM

Debra, We have videos and articles with similar titles, that are planned to go together. This article links to the video in the second sentence. Here is the video link Enjoy!

Posted by on May. 08, 2012 at 5:27:04 PM


How many pounds of mushrooms on average will a box yield? How many mushrooms should I expect to grow from a box of Oysters and/or Port.?

Posted by Ashli Norton on Jul. 05, 2012 at 9:17:41 AM


Was Ashili’s question regarding the expected poundage answered?  Also, if you let a mushroom grow, will it produce spores to grow additional plants?

Posted by Danny on Nov. 25, 2012 at 9:46:45 AM

Ashli and Danny, Here is info for the Portabella and Blue Oyster kits:

The Blue Oyster mushroom kits grow around 5-6 pounds of mushrooms from all of the crops. The Portabella and White Button kits grow 4.5-5 pounds of mushrooms each.  Now of course this is ideal growing.  If you are not growing the mushrooms well then you will get a lot less.

Mushroom fungi do start from spores, but there would be no food left in the mushroom kit to feed the spores.  Also the first fungus that grows into the compost gets to keep it and stops all new fungus from growing into it.  So the answer is no more mushroom fungi can grow in the mushroom kit.  Now after saying that, if those spores were dispersed into a garden then maybe some might be able to grow. Once in the garden you will also be dealing with spores from wild mushrooms as well, which may or may not be toxic.

Posted by on Feb. 04, 2013 at 11:36:00 AM


Could you add coffee grounds to the box to keep feeding them?

Posted by Eddie on Mar. 15, 2015 at 11:18:18 AM

Everything I have read about mushrooms, sounds like they like coffee grounds. Give it a try!

Posted by Suzanne at Peaceful Valley on Mar. 16, 2015 at 9:42:53 AM

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