Shiitake Mushrooms


Shiitake mushrooms growing on oak logs in Asheville, NC. Narration includes basic cultivation techniques.


  1. I’ve done really well on a maple, as well as oak, but don’t know the exact
    species. Not a common red or silver, anyway. I tried black walnut, that
    didn’t work at all. I sold mine for two weeks at a tailgate market in my
    neighborhood for the same price in the grocery store chain, Ingles. $7.00 a
    pound. Though the Ingles mushrooms were puny, low quality, not fresh. Mine
    went like hotcakes, which means I priced them too low.

  2. Enjoyed the video…I’ve been growing and selling shiitakes for 2 years
    now. Looks like you are growing on red oak? Any experience with other
    species? I have been buying red oak logs from a firewood dealer and his
    last shipment contained 20 or so ash logs. If you are retailing or
    wholesaleing what prices are you getting in Asheville?

  3. At 1:55 and at other close ups you can see spores shooting out. I misspoke
    at 3:00 when I said about slug control, “go out in the morning before it
    gets dark.” I meant to say before light. Cooked shiitakes are like slugs,
    raw ones are like mushrooms. If you have other oak wood lying around your
    mushroom garden, like damp firewood, sometimes mushrooms will volunteer
    there. Pick mushooms while there is curl in the caps. Some of these other
    videos will give you better detail about cultivation.

  4. When I said to use any mushroom soup, I meant, soup recipie. I use the one
    in the A Taste of Oregon´╗┐ cookbook. You could use marsala wine in place of
    sherry. If you grow your own mushrooms, you can dry what you don’t eat,
    sell, or give away fresh. Dried mushroom, re-hydrated, are as good in soup
    as the fresh ones.