So, now that I've talked up wild mushrooms as the best things ever to hit a soup pot, I must admit
that I am trying to grow some mushrooms myself.
A couple of years ago I purchased a kit for Sonoma Brown Oyster mushrooms and Lion's Mane mushrooms. Why those? Just because they would grow in Maple logs and I knew I would always have a ready supply of them. The Big Leaf Maple is practically a weed here in the Willamette Valley.
You may have noticed I said "a couple of years ago".
In my defense we are talking about a spare fridge which does not get used for much except canning overflow and summer produce.
Anyway I cleaned that fridge out last week and lo and behold, the mycelium plugs were white and fluffy!
As luck would have it, or sad to say, depending on how you look at it, we had fresh cut Maple logs on hand.
Our beloved Maple which was somewhere around 200 years old, had given out in the heavy rain we had this fall. We are very sad and miss her every day.
But then I had these limbs for my mushroom project.
Every 4" all around the log.