List of available varieties: We have a huge culture library so check with us about what you are looking for. Listed below are a few of our more popular strains. If you scroll down to the very bottom of this page, you can see a more detailed list, including strain info. We offer many different options for these species, including agar plates, slants, inoculated grain, plug spawn, sawdust spawn and ready to fruit enriched bags. Tell us what you want and we can make it! NOTE: We do not offer liquid culture, which we feel is a rip off for the consumer due to its high likely hood for contamination.
Shiitake 75 (Lentinula edodes) A very tolerant and vigorous strain of the prized shiitake mushroom, known for its medicinal and culinary uses. Excellent for fruiting on logs, stumps or in our specially formulated certified sustainably harvested sawdust and waste stream wood chips supplied by Royce's Tree Service.
Brat Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) This lovely strain of tree oyster from Bratslavia, Ukraine will fruit prolifically on just about any wood or straw based substrate. Color ranges from deep blue as pictured to light gray depending on temperature. An excellent productive and delicious cool weather strain
King Oyster (Pleurotus eryginii) Considered the best tasting Oyster, Kings are grown in low light and high carbon dioxide conditions to elicit very fat tasty stems and small caps. Several strains available. Pictured is Tristin 1 strain. We grow ours on a mixture of spent coffee grounds, hardwood sawdust and local wood chips.
Phoenix Oyster (Pleurotus pulmonaris) Very similiar and difficult to distinguish from Pearl Oyster, this species is equilly prolific and easy to fruit. Can be grown on logs, stumps, or in bags of pasturized straw or enriched sterlized sawdust. Warm weather strain.
Maitake (Grifola frondosa) A.K.A. Hen of the Woods. Our personal favorite, this fungus is grown on stumps, buried hardwood logs, and buried sawdust blocks. It can take up to six months to fruit from a grow bag of sawdust but is well worth the wait. Our AF1 strain is a clone from the mountains of Western North Carolina. We also offer two other strains that fruit well in bags.
Black Poplar (Agrocybe aegerita) The famous Piopinni of Italy; This mushroom is prized in Europe and is becoming more popular here in the USA; Delicious nutty flavor and texture. Several strains available. (see below.)
Golden Beech (Hypsizygus tessulatus) A golden brown strain of the Japanese Shimeji mushroom that surpasses oyster mushrooms in flavor and texture. Slower to produce but well worth the wait; Amazing, crunchy, nutty textured edible. We also offer a pure white strain.
Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) The japanese reishi has been used for centuries as medicine. Believed to stimulate the immune system and fight cancer. Easy to fruit on our enriched sterilized sawdust and wood chip blocks.
The Chicken (Laetiporus sulphureus) A.K.A. Chicken of the woods or Sulpher Shelf. A favorite among many; Can be cultivated on stumps and buried logs. Most attempts to fruit this species indoors have failed. We are still trying.
Elm Oyster (Hypsizgus ulmarius) A pure white oysteresque mushroom, but with superior flavor and lower spore load. Fruits on sterilized enriched sawdust and wood chips. Also suitable for stump or log culture.
Wood Ear (Auricularia auricula) Popular in chinese cuisine; Amazing crunchy texture and easy to fruit in bags of enriched sawdust and wood chips or shavings.
Enoki (Flammulina velutipes) Popular in Japan and China, this species is grown in the presence of high carbon dioxide levels and low light to produce the typical form pictured here, with elongated stems and small caps. Fruits at very low temperatures, making it ideal for growing during the winter months.
ABM (Agaricus blazii) A.K.A. Almond portobello. A strain developed from a species found in Brazil, this mushroom shows promise as the premiere immune system stimulant and cancer fighting fungus. Can be grown for medicine on grain or fruited outdoors in summer. Truely a one of a kind, amazing almond flavored Agaric. We have recently fruited this species in bags. Our strain is quite vigorous.
Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus) A.K.A. Hedgehog fungus. Easy to fruit on buried logs or stumps. Or try one of our ready to fruit bags of Lion's Mane; Has a delicate flavor and texture reminiscent of crab meat. Contains novel chemicals that have been shown to stimulate nerve regrowth, making it an important medicine for those with nerve damage. We offer several strains of this species.