Lions Mane Mushroom Growing Kit


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These mushrooms are often compared to Lobster in flavor, and have been receiving increased attention lately for their potential in brain health and wellness. They can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, from stir-fries to soups. Our mushroom growing kit is designed to make it easy for you to grow Lions Mane mushrooms at home, using either a bag of brown rice and a bucket of straw. No specialized equipment needed!

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Each set includes detailed instructions, your mushroom culture, and a fungi word search. It’s a great project for anyone with a love of plants, or to do as part of a nature study, or simply because they are beautiful and fascinating. And they’re great for cooking with/eating or just looking at if you’re the non-mushroom-eating type.

This is a pretty flexible project age-wise and it can be an indoor project or outdoor project, you’ll need a bag of brown rice, rubbing alcohol, and some paper bandage tape. To grow larger buckets of mushrooms instead of small bags, we recommend using straw or aspen chips. There is enough culture in each kit to start 5 bags or 5 buckets of golden oyster mushrooms.

Hericium erinaceus (also called lion’s mane mushroom, mountain-priest mushroom, bearded tooth fungus, and bearded hedgehog) is an edible mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group.  Native to North America, Europe, and Asia, it can be identified by its long spines (longer than 1 centimetre or 1⁄2 inch), occurrence on hardwoods, and tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. The fruit bodies can be harvested for culinary use.

H. erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, which grow across the same range. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American beech and maple. Usually H. erinaceus is considered saprophytic, as it mostly feeds on dead trees. It can also be found on living trees, so may be a tree parasite. 

Check out our guide on Farmer’s Almanac to learn about how easy it is to grow mushrooms at home! This guide is written specifically about growing oyster mushrooms, but the same techniques apply to Lions Mane – the straw bucket technique is a great way to grow lions mane!

Weight3 oz

Pink oysters are just a bit more delicate than many others in the Pleurotus genus. They prefer slightly warmer temperatures (65-85 degrees farenheit) they tend to have brighter colors when grown at cooler temperatures, but larger fruits when grown at warmer temperatures.

Pink Oyster Mushrooms are frequently compared to bacon in flavor and have an amazing, meaty texture that is particularly good when fried. Pink Oysters taste sour when they’re uncooked!

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