Mushrooms have been an instrumental part of diet and medicine in many cultures around the world for centuries. In Chinese culture, mushroom cultivation has been going on for over a thousand years and this trend is just catching on in North America.

But why mushrooms? What makes them so special? And why should you grow them? For answers to these questions and more read on and find out why mushroom growing is fast becoming a trend, especially, in the United States.

What Are Mushrooms And What Are Its Uses?

Mushrooms are a type of spore-bearing fungus that grows above ground, on fertile soil and on food. The common mushroom has a stem, a cap, and gills (that can be found underneath the cap). These gills are what produce microscopic spores that allow the fungus to spread and grow. 

Mushrooms can have many names but in essence, are primarily used in cuisine and medicine. There are many types of mushrooms each with its own unique qualities. Some are wild species that are rare while many can be cultivated in your own home or backyard.

Mushrooms can come in different shapes and sizes and some of the most common types of mushrooms for cuisines include the white button mushroom, crimini mushroom, portobello mushroom, shiitake mushroom, oyster mushroom, enoki mushroom, and the chanterelle.

Some common mushrooms that are used for medicinal purposes include the shiitake, maitake, and reishi. This type of fungi is considered to be high in vitamin B, fiber and antioxidants making them highly nutritious and healthy. 

In reality, more than 2000 species of mushrooms have been recorded on earth and many of these species can be cultivated as mushrooms unlike other plants are easier to grow and are less vulnerable to pests and other external factors.

Mushrooms also sprout out rather quickly and can grow remarkably fast in short bursts. Cultivating them is not only easy but can also help you save a lot of money. Not only that all edible mushroom spores are proven to help with fighting inflammation and helps build a stronger immune system.

Different Types of Edible Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be found in more things than you would imagine. Not only do mushrooms taste great in Italian food, but the use of mushrooms in cuisine has also been common in many Asian countries for thousands of years.

The trend of mushrooms in daily cuisine is also growing substantially in Northern America with consumption increasing every year. The most common type of edible and cultivated mushroom is the white button mushroom.

White button mushrooms are essentially the infant form of portobello mushrooms. They are the most mild-tasting and widely used mushrooms in the global market. The versatile nature of this mushroom makes it a great addition to many culinary cuisines including pizzas, soups, salads, stews, and pasta.

The crimini is a just more adult version of the white button but not big enough to be a full-sized portobello. Both crimini and white button mushrooms have similar flavor, texture, and versatility and can be used interchangeably in most cuisines.

The shiitake mushroom is mostly found in Asian countries like Japan, China and Korea and part of many Asian dishes including soups and sauces. The shiitake mushroom also has several medicinal properties and is used in a variety of medicines.

The oyster mushroom is another highly popular mushroom species that are cultivated the world over. They are super easy to cook which makes them great for stir-fried food as they cook more evenly. The enoki is another mushroom species found predominantly in Asian cuisine and tastes great raw in salads or in soups.

The Trend of Cultivating Your Own Mushrooms

The taste and health benefits associated with mushrooms have made them increasingly popular all over the world. In the past year, nearly 10 million pounds of shiitake and oyster mushrooms were sold in the U.S. alone. 

Not only are some mushroom species in high demand but cultivating them can actually be quite easy and profitable, especially, in the U.S. Shiitake and oyster mushrooms are some of the easiest gourmet mushrooms to grow and can be harvested in just eight to ten weeks!

Not only do they fetch a decent price in the local farmers market but they are also super easy to grow and don’t require a full-time commitment. As long as you can spare about 10 hours a week you can be a mushroom grower and make some substantial income on the side.

If you are looking for a past-time that doesn’t require too much of your time and can reward you with good money cultivating oyster and shiitake mushrooms is the way to go. These gourmet mushrooms fetch high prices and have a growing demand in the U.S.

One can make as much as $25 per square foot from the cultivation of these mushrooms and they take little to no effort to grow even indoors. Websites like High Desert Spores offer everything you need to start your very own mushroom cultivation facility. Their inventory includes HDS kits, mushroom spore syringes, spore prints/swabs, and other mushroom supplies. 

The best part is you can have all of these things delivered right at your doorstep and enjoy cultivating these mushrooms in your garage, backyard, or storeroom. Taking care of the spores and watching them grow is a rewarding and quite relaxing hobby one that pays good money and allows you to always have a healthy supply of mushrooms for your culinary needs!

Conclusion

With the market for mushrooms still rapidly growing with some species in high demand this is the perfect time to reap the benefits of mushroom cultivation. Many Asian countries adopted this strategy decades ago and have helped many people make a living out of growing edible mushroom spores from the luxury of there homes.

North American people are already realizing just how vital mushrooms are for our health and immune systems. As demand grows prices are likely to increase. If you love mushrooms you don’t want to be paying exorbitant amounts when you can quite easily grow them yourself and have enough left over for distribution amongst family and friends! 

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