Shiitake mushrooms are a nutritious accompaniment to any kind of dish, whether meat based or vegetarian. They have many uses in East Asian cuisines, and they are often sauteed and used in vegetarian dishes such as the classic Buddha’s Delight. They are also very popular in dried form, and are rehydrated by immersion in water before use. They are one of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms the world over and come second in popularity only to the button mushroom. They have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years and their support of the immune system is well documented.
The fact that shiitake mushrooms are grown on hardwood logs, sawdust and wood chip makes them an extremely sustainable food. More and more people these days are becoming aware of the health benefits of the mushrooms and how they can play a part in a balanced and nutritious diet. They are a fantastic source of Vitamin D along with being rich in B vitamins. Furthermore, they are concentrated in minerals and serve as an excellent source of zinc and manganese. Studies in animals have revealed cholesterol lowering and virus inhibiting properties in the compounds of the mushrooms and ongoing clinical studies are attempting to determine the potential of these properties to battle disease in human beings.
As the number of people embracing shiitake mushrooms increases, we have seen a significant rise in the people wishing to grow their own. We carry a range of products designed to assist our customers with the successful cultivation of their own mushrooms in the home or garden, including our shiitake plug kits. You can grow in allotments and woodland areas, and our extensive range offers every solution to chefs, gardeners, teachers, ecologists and anyone else interested in growing shiitake mushrooms.
The wonderful thing about shiitake mushrooms is their versatility. Our extremely adaptable strain can be grown in almost any sheltered garden and we thoroughly recommend the use of denser hardwood logs such as oak, beech, chestnut, hazel and hornbeam. Oak logs offer the capability of mushroom production for over five years, and logs can be soaked in water for a 24 hour period to produce a second crop.
All our kits come with everything you need for successful cultivation along with full details and instructions. We thoroughly guarantee our products and we offer a replacement and refund service. Our competitive prices are in place to help you grow chicken of the woods, pearl oysters, shiitake mushrooms and many more. Whichever growing environment you prefer, we have the products to help you cultivate your very own gourmet crops.