Recently, Back to the Roots, sent me their infamous Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden Kit.
Joey, of course, was thrilled about this because he
adores hates mushrooms. :) Regardless, I was super excited because I have a thing for love mushrooms.
For those of you that haven't seen these cuties in places like Whole Foods, they come in a cardboard box like this, and inside is coffee grounds (recycled from Peet's Coffee) and mushroom seeds. This was invented by 2 guys from Berkeley. Ingenious, I say!
|What the kit looks like in the beginning.|
When you open the front cardboard tab, I admit, the inside looks pretty gross...Just tell yourself, "Beautiful mushrooms will come from these coffee grounds!!"
|The bag inside|
Then, you slice an X in the plastic, and stick the whole thing in water for a while. Weird, I know...but just go with me for a sec, OK? :)
|Slice the bag|
|Submerged in water|
Then you take the baggie out, put it *back* into the cardboard container and set it someplace dark. I don't have that photo. It was supposed to be dark. But then you move it to another location with a little bit of light. I put mine on a table by the sliding glass door, but faced away from the direct light. You mist it 2x a day, and voila! You will grow some glorious Oyster Mushrooms!
|They start out small and funny looking!|
|They get bigger and cooler-looking. See all those gills?|
Now, don't make the mistake I did and just love how they keep growing and becoming more beautiful. Harvest those mushrooms!!! Or yours will turn into something so solid and cement-like you could use it as a weapon! Oops...Well, they looked cool anyway. I'm sure they tasted great too. ;)
|Glorious Oyster Mushrooms|
These kits are awesome. I'm sure kids would have a blast with them, and I know I did. Perfect Christmas gift or anytime-gift, because they are kept inside. I hope you go find one at Whole Foods/your local health store or buy one online, because they are so worth it!
You can even grow them multiple times over, from the same baggie, and they're great for you!
Happy Mushroom-Growing, friends!