Yesterday, I attended a class in the greenhouse at Sussex County Fairgrounds to learn how to grow my own shiitake mushrooms! The class learned how to select the best tree logs (oak, beech or maple) and the best size (a 2" - 10" diameter). We even got to practice 'inoculating' the logs with living shiitake fungal tissue, called spawn. Hopefully, the logs should start to produce mushrooms in the next 6 to 18 months.
While I am waiting for the fungi to grow and digest the wood before my mushrooms can appear, here is some additional mushroom information, with a few specifics to shiitakes:
So the next time you want to add mushrooms to your favorite dish, consider reaching for shiitakes: they have a more robust flavor than standard button mushrooms, and are also a great meat substitute!