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Growing Burgundy and other mushrooms

burgundy mushroom

burgundy mushroom

This should be titled “A summary of my attempts to grow mushrooms (mostly unsuccessfully)”

I love growing things and also love the idea of foraging for our own mushrooms but wouldn’t trust myself to know edible from the poisionous ones.  A compromise is to buy spawn and get it going in the ideal conditions outside so I can pick some knowing they’re safe to eat.  I’ll start with my most successful outside mushroom growing attempt and yes, this post is only going to be of interest to like minded hardcore mushroom growing folk, skip to the photos everyone else  – Continue reading


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Mushroom Risotto

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Ingredients – serves 2

  • IMG_76111TB butter, ghee or oil
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1TB diced thyme (or 2TB fresh) or similar herb of your preference eg sage
  • ½ c risotto rice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 portabello mushrooms or 4 or so button mushrooms – roughly diced
  • 6 or so oyster mushrooms – roughly diced
  • grated parmesan
  • spring or welsh bunching onions – diced

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Oyster Mushrooms – this is how I grew them

Oyster mushrooms are one of the easiest mushrooms to grow at home.  You can buy a kit and are pretty much guaranteed success (for anyone who loves growing things I recommend you give it a try – a couple of options are here – Mushroom gourmet or Parkvale). To get them growing on a larger more reliable scale it’s a bit more involved but it’s the same basic process.

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