Woodear – Auricularia americana

Wood ears are classified as jelly fungi, and are essentially flavorless but used for their blood thinning properties and their crunchy seaweed salad like texture. Wood ears have the ability to completely dry out and rehydrate many times while fruiting, which helps them through periods of drought. The mushrooms can persist for a long time … Read more

Cauliflower – Sparassis crispa

Cauliflower mushrooms are unusual looking fungi that create wavy, brain coral like structures that are typically found at the base of dying or injured conifers. They are smooth and most related to corals, and produce white spores when mature. They have the tendency to grow through and around falling objects such as twigs and needles, … Read more

Laughing Gym – Gymnopilus validipes

A large, lemon-yellow mushroom that forms huge dense clusters with very large caps, this mushroom contains kava kava like molecules that can ease your inhibition to the point of slight inebriation, definitely a stimulant. Found fruiting all over the southeastern coastal plains, also found in elevations up to 1000ft around large oaks. Edibility and Taste … Read more

Bricktop – Hypholoma sublateritium

An edible species related to the poisonous Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare), this mushroom is very aggressive and prolific, sometimes evicting other mushrooms out of their patches to set up camp. I have seen Brick Tops take over our mulch walking trail turning it into a orange-reddish carpet with wall to wall mushrooms in the winter, … Read more

Chestnut Fungus – Pholiota adiposa

A cousin of the slimy Nameko (Pholiota nameko) this wonderful clustering, wood loving mushroom forms dense clusters of beautiful, dark orange gilled mushrooms with a slightly shaggy cap, without the slime layer Namekos have. Since they prefer cooler temperatures these mushrooms typically take 2-3 weeks to mature once they start to fruit from baby primordia. … Read more

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

Turkey Tail is a mushroom that grows on hardwood, has beautiful multicolored zones and it is very easy to identify. Although not directly edible due to its tough texture, they can be made into a powder and boiled or made into a tincture when covered with ethanol for 2 weeks, then diluted or boiled to … Read more

Tiger Sawgill (Lentinus tigrinus)

A crunchy, nutty native relative to the US and with global distribution, this is a cousin to the widely cultivated Shiitake. it is currently being researched for it’s ease of cultivation, rapid life cycle, and similarity in the flavor to the woodsy Shiitake. Cultivate on hardwood logs outdoors and on supplemented hardwood sawdust blends. Caps … Read more

Shaggy Mane – (Coprinus comatus)

Shaggy Manes are super easy to identify for beginners, and are typically harvested in the morning, since they literally “melt’ by midday. Shaggies prefer composted livestock manure but can also fruit on composted straw and grasses. Preferring cooler nights, this one can fruit just about anytime of year the temperature drops after a long warm … Read more

Brown Shimeji – (Hypsizygus tessulatus)

Brown Shimeji – (Hypsizygus tessulatus), with its beautiful watermarked cap, almost cracked or marbled appearance like a tortoise shell, is a crunchy and sweet mushroom that is wonderful sautéed with onions and draped over salads or meat dishes. Related to the Elm Oyster, this mushroom has a true stem and the gills do not descend … Read more

Shiitake “outdoor cold” – (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the easiest and most prolific, forgiving mushrooms to grow on logs for all skill levels, and a perfect mushroom for beginners. Shiitake are meaty and savory, hard to beat on flavor! Our best outdoor cold weather Shiitake strain, this superior and consistent strainproduces dark brown to blackish fruitbodies when temperatures … Read more

Shiitake “warm” – (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the easiest and most prolific, forgiving mushrooms to grow on logs for all skill levels, and a perfect mushroom for beginners. Shiitake are meaty and savory, hard to beat on flavor! One of our best warm weather Shiitake strains, this ecotype prefers optimum fruiting temperatures when they fall in between … Read more

Shiitake “Wide Range” – (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are one of the easiest and most prolific, forgiving mushrooms to grow on logs for all skill levels, and a perfect mushroom for beginners. Shiitake are meaty and savory, hard to beat on flavor! This is our best foolproof Shiitake strains, this ecotype prefers optimum fruiting temperatures when they fall in between 55-70F. … Read more