Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Shiitake Mushrooms

April 22, 2022

Why Grow Shiitake Mushrooms?
The Chinese and Japanese have being cultivating these amazing mushrooms
throughout the centuries because they are easy to grow and incredibly
versatile. They devised techniques to grow them in patches, stumps and logs
so that they fruit year on year.
If you have shady parts in your garden then they are ideal places to maximize
your growing space.
Substrates used are pasteurized straw for a mushroom bed or wooden dowels
inoculated with spores and hammered into a log or stump. We’ll talk more
about that later.
What Are the Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms?
The list of the qualities in shitakes is extensive. WebMD list some of them as
containing:
“Eritadenine, a compound known to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.
They also contain beta-glucans that reduce inflammation and help prevent
the intestines from absorbing cholesterol. Support immune health. Shiitake
are rich in polysaccharides like lentinans and other beta-glucans.”
Why Are They Ideal To Growing Outdoors?
They are abundant and grow well in the Summer and Fall. As they love shady
arrears they maximize growing space. In terms of temperature, they thrive
between 7-21C (45-70F) and only need watering once a week.