Shiitake Explosion

The time I spent last winter innoculating oak logs with shiitake mushroom spores paid off with lots of delicious mushrooms.

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I’m planning to add more this year.  Here’s a link to the post describing how to do it.

16 comments on “Shiitake Explosion

  1. Awesome! I bet they will be delicious. 🙂

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  2. shoreacres says:

    My gosh – that’s quite a good harvest. It’s interesting that we’re suddenly awash in wild mushrooms here. I’ve never seen so many in the lawns – though they need to stay there, and not in the kitchen. Those aren’t shiitakes out there in the grass!

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    • Bill says:

      We had a flush in August, which surprised us. We assumed that was all we’d get till next year. This big flush was unexpected.
      We’re planning to take a class in mushroom identification so we can start enjoying the good wild mushrooms. But of course unless someone is 100% certain, they shouldn’t eat the wild ones.

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  3. ladyfi says:

    Delicious! And lovely shots too.

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  4. jubilare says:

    awesomesauce!
    There was only one person in my life whom I would trust to give me a wild mushroom to eat. One needs to really know one’s mushrooms to go a-hunting. Growing your own shiitakes, though, sounds brilliant!

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    • Bill says:

      Yeah, I’d love to develop the confidence to eat wild mushrooms, but I’m not there yet. I’d recognize and gladly eat morels, but so far I’ve never found any.

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  5. Woah, that is awesome! I’ve never tried this before but now it’s on my to do list. I bet they are so delicious! I’m a huge mushroom fan so this would be so cool to do here on our homestead.

    PS – Thanks for sharing your story about Chickaboom. Sounds like she was such a strong willed girl with lots of personality. Her name made me smile because we have a white leghorn hen named “Chickabod” 🙂

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  6. What a fantastic harvest! Does that mean they’ll just carry on or do you have to do it each year? I’ve just been in France where wild mushrooming is seen as a human right 🙂 In the local pharmacy you can go and get your mushrooms identified – it’s part of their training. In one I went past there were lovely painted boards in the windows, one depicting the edibles and one the poisonous.

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    • Bill says:

      Wow, that is so interesting. The French really take their food (and obviously specifically their mushrooms) seriously. Too bad we can’t get them identified that easily here.

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  7. BeeHappee says:

    Bill, had you watched this?:

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