Shiitake mushrooms (pronounced Shee ta’ kay) are native to China, Japan, and Korea and have been grown on logs for at least a thousand years. The earliest recorded cultivation was in the Sund Dynasty (960-1127 AD) Today Shiitake are the best mushroom for beginners to grow. The mycelium can clearly be seen growing and maturing on the cut ends of logs and mature Shiitake logs fruits readily when soaking in cold water.
Shiitake, in addition to their delicious taste boast a number of positive nutritional and medicinal qualities. They are a great source of protein plus B vitamins, (2, 5 and 6) vitamin D and 6 trace minerals including magnesium
Shiitake translates to Oak Mushrooms but Shiitake grows happily on a wide variety of hardwood logs and sawdust.
We have 15 strains of Shiitake but unless requested would recommend you try Adam, an all-round ‘wide range strain’ which I have trialed on a variety of log types throughout the UK and Europe for over 20 years.
Shiitake can be grown on freshly cut hard wood logs using dowel or sawdust spawn.