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Why it’s a good idea to grow mushrooms
Dec 15, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
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.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF MUSHROOMS
Apple a day? Add mushrooms to that list, along with garlic.
WHY YOU SHOULD COOK MUSHROOMS
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.
MUSHROOMS TO GROW INDOORS
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!
Categories: Mushroom Kits, Vegetables & Mushrooms, Container Gardening