Shiitake “Wild N.C. strain (HOT)” – (Lentinula edodes)

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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. 

Edibility and TasteSavory 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 Temps40-55F