Grow Lion's Mane Mushrooms at Home: 3 Options for You
If you want to grow lion’s mane mushrooms, you can do it inside or outside, at your home or in your garden with the right kind of spawn type or lion's mane grow kit
Lion’s mane is a gourmet option perfect for the true specialty mushroom connoisseur. This unique and delicious mushroom is a welcomed addition to any dinner plate. With a lobster-like taste this mushroom is fantastic sautéed with some butter and lemon juice.
Today we are sharing some resources on lion’s mane, including information on a variety of useful methods and mediums for those interested in growing lion’s mane mushrooms. Do you want to grow lion’s mane mushroom at home, either inside the comfort of your home or outside? If you want to grow lion’s mane at a small-scale inside, then you can use our lion’s mane grow kit. For bigger inside or outside cultivation, we have lion’s mane sawdust spawn. We also have lion’s mane plug spawn for inoculating logs outside.
The benefits of growing lion's mane mushrooms and consuming your harvest
Lion’s mane mushroom is one of the gourmet mushrooms that has been studied by scientists in laboratory settings. The findings from these studies have suggested that lion’s mane is good for neurohealth. Here is a look at some of those findings from the study Neuronal Health – Can Culinary and Medicinal Mushrooms Help?:
“The culinary mushroom that has been extensively studied for its neurohealth properties is H. erinaceus (Lion's Mane mushroom). The polysaccharides in an aqueous extract of the Lion's mane mushroom could induce neuronal differentiation and promote neuronal survival.”
The study continues: “The subjects in the H. erinaceus group took four 250 mg tablets containing 96% of Yamabushitake dry powder three times a day for 16 weeks. Cognitive function scale scores increased with the duration of intake. Laboratory tests showed no adverse effect of H. erinaceus. The study suggested that H. erinaceus is effective in improving mild cognitive impairment.”
Grow lion’s mane mushroom in your backyard with sawdust spawn or plug spawn
Lion’s mane grow very well on beech totems and supplemented sawdust. They take longer than shiitake or oyster to establish and cannot be shocked into fruiting, but they are certainly worth the effort in growing. This strain typically fruits in September.
You can check out this article on how to create your own totems with random scraps of wood that you have lying around your yard. Then add lion’s mane sawdust spawn to your cart below:
If you want to go a step further and inoculate logs with lion’s mane plug spawn for greater yield possibilities, then be sure to learn the process of log inoculation here and then get the necessary plug spawn. Shiitake mushrooms are another great option for growing mushrooms on logs.
Growing lion’s mane mushroom at home inside with a lion's mane grow kit
Part of our business involves selling mushroom grow kits online. If you want to know how to use a lion’s mane grow kit and see a demonstration of what a fruiting kit looks like and how to use it, then check out the video below now:
Our kit comes ready to fruit. Once you have received your kit in the mail, begin by cutting holes in the kit like we display in the video. I like to cut six V-shaped into the bag; two into each of the broader sides, and one into each of the narrower sides. Next it’s important to remember to mist your kit with water each day. The mushrooms will begin to fruit out of the V-shaped holes you cut into the kit. It takes about 10 days until the mushrooms will be ready to harvest once you begin misting your kit.
These bags fruit three to fives times over the course of two months, offering pounds of delicious mushrooms to eat. Buy a kit here.
Knowing when lion’s mane mushrooms are ready for harvest from a lion's mane grow kit or bigger grow
You can get a better idea of when to harvest lion’s mane mushrooms by watching the video posted above.
The lion’s mane mushroom has little teeth or spines that come off the fruited body. The lion’s mane do not have the spines when they are young. As the mushrooms mature, the spines will grow and first protrude outwards and then cascade downwards.
Once the lion’s mane have fruited from the holes, you can simply grab the fruited body, twist and pull. This should allow you to easily remove the mushroom from the rest of the kit.
The base of the mushroom from where it came off the kit should ideally be removed as it is a bit tough. The rest of the mushroom is delicious and ready to eat once you’ve cut the base off.
What is your experience with lion’s mane? Do you like the taste? Have you grown it before with a lion's mane kit or spawn? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.