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Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world


Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium — and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.

Latest Shiitake Crop

shiitake11-7.jpgThis is the second fruiting from the logs I harvested in February. As I pointed out in a previous article, it is better to cut logs in the winter (or at the end thereof) before the leaves start budding. This is because the carbohydrates are at a maximum in the trunk (before the sugars move up to produce leaves etc). Read the rest of this entry »

New Mushroom Log Project

shittake and reishi dowel spawnWell I saw a guy cutting down a lot of beautiful hardwoods on his property, and this sort of thing always “raises my ire” a bit when there is not a good reason for it.  When I asked him why he was doing it, he said, “for firewood.” Anyhow, I just sucked it up and proceeded to ask him if I could have a few pieces, and he let me have about 10 logs that were between 2.5′ and 4′. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes Versicolor)

Here is a medicinal mushroom that I find growing abundantly in oak logs around my property, and is found thus throughout much of the US.  Of course, positive identification should be made of any mushrooms for consumption (or for teas and extracts). Though not necessarily edible, most of the polyspore mushrooms are fairly safe, but I would do a positive Identification using one of the mushroom field guides available. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits of Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum)

I figure that since I grow this in my yard and have well researched it, that I might write an article summarizing the many health benefits of this mushroom. Here is an interesting chart showing the many health benefits.  As you can see, the question could be asked, “What is it not good for?” Here is a little more information: Read the rest of this entry »

Elm Oyster (hypsizygus ulmarius) in Logs

Elm oyster mushroomsAbout a year ago when I inoculated my last group of shiitake logs, I also did an experiment by inoculating a couple of logs with the elm oyster mushroom hypsizygus ulmarius. I don’t remember where I read it, but it was someone’s opinion that it had a superior taste and texture over the conventional ‘pleurotus ostreatus’ oyster mushroom.  Read the rest of this entry »