My heart sank as I reached the crest of the hill to find my most faithful maitake (hen of the woods) tree standing naked, unadorned. After a summer plagued by drought, I had grown accustomed to such disappointment. But the successful hunter...
There's no need to be in the dark about growing mushrooms. These tasty chameleons of the food world are extremely healthy: they're fat-free, low in calories, and filled with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients (they can even help keep your brain healthy). The main keys to growing mushrooms at home are establishing the right growing conditions and acquiring mushroom spawn, which is the material used to propagate mushrooms. Use these step-by-step instructions to grow oyster mushrooms, portobellos, shiitakes, and more.
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