This is a clone from an “escapee”, or a wild mating of commercial log grown shiitakes that appeared in North Carolina on a large fallen oak at Warren Wilson College. The cap is smoother, almost bald, but still has the beautiful caramel-colored surface and wonderfully strong shiitake aroma. The best attribute of this strain is that it fruits when it is warm to hot, sometimes very hot as we have noticed in our trials fruiting one summer at 105F. Perfect for growers who need fruiting during intense summer months or if you live in a tropical climate year-round, this is the strain for you!
Edibility and taste: Savory and Meaty
Grows on: Hardwood logs outdoors:oak, pecan, walnut, alder, sweet gum, maple, ironwood, hophorn beam, cherry, sycamore, tulip poplar, eucalyptus, chestnut, ash, birch, bitternut, willow. Avoid for shiitake: conifers, fruit trees, elm, hackberry, sassafras, soft maples (red and striped), dogwood, black locust, beech, hickory
Fruiting Temps: 85-105F