Monday, July 20, 2009

fungus in the kitchen

Usually we just stick to growing mold on our bread, but lately we've had more fungi growing in the kitchen, in the form of shitake mushrooms. My brother sent us a mushroom log for my birthday. It came in a kit with a sponge and a plastic sheath for maintaining enough humidity (like we need help with that in Florida!). You basically just soak the log in water and then put it in indirect sunlight and let it do its thing. It has been so exciting to watch them grow. They seem bigger after just a few hours, and overnight they have huge growth spurts.

On Saturday we 'harvested' these (3 about 4" in diameter) and ate them in padt thai. I love mushrooms, but rarely buy anything but the bland white ones because of price. I sure do miss the little mushrooms we ate in Japan. I guess they were enokis?

With all the rain we've had lately, we've been cultivating a few other varieties in the yard. Too bad we can't eat those!


  1. So have those other little nodes gotten going?

  2. That is so neat! I didn't know you could buy kits! Before we moved to India, we would go mushroom hunting a lot. We were able to collect enough to freeze/dehydrate for a good 6 months. Mostly porcinis and chanterelles. We even found an edible variety in our yard - very similar to the grocery store white variety, but *so* much tastier! Enjoy your 'shrooms!

  3. thanks so much for the great info kayla! yeah, i was thinking of getting something like a sampler pack, and also just doing disposables for the first month. i'm so glad to find another cloth-diapering mom!


Tell me what you think! I love to read comments.