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Best Time to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

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best timeCathy Isom gives us the how and why now is the best time to grow a certain type of mushroom. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Shiitake mushrooms are not only delicious, but a superfood. Shiitakes are a medicinal mushroom with tons of benefits, from boosting the immune system to fighting cancer.

fresh shiitake mushrooms on a rustic wood tableThe best time to grow Shiitake mushrooms is in the winter. Shiitake mushrooms grow best on logs or branches from freshly cut, living hardwood trees (white, red, or pin oak, sugar maple, or ironwood). Logs should be three to eight inches in diameter. You can also find suitable logs from timber stand improvement cuts. Cut the wood into three- to five-foot sections. Once finished, you should be able to grow mushrooms from one log for five to nine years.

Shiitake mushrooms are high in B vitamins They also serve as a food source of vitamin D. Some shiitake health benefits include its ability to aid weight loss, support cardiovascular health, fight cancer cells, improve energy levels and brain function, reduce inflammation, and support the immune system.

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