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Mushroom grow kits engage children in a fun learning opportunity

Mushroom grow kits engage children in a fun learning opportunity

Mushroom grow kits can be more than a way to grow healthy food for meals. They can also be a fun way to help children learn more about topics in school, such as decomposers.

Oyster and shiitake mushrooms add savoury umami to meals

Oyster and shiitake mushrooms add savoury umami to meals

The five basic tastes for humans are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms will help you become more familiar with that last taste.

Umami adds another depth to flavour with its savouriness and meaty taste. It lasts the longest out of the five tastes. It is found in many sauces as well, including ketchup and soy sauce, to balance and add complexity to meals.

The word “umami” comes from Japan when Dr. Kikuane Ikeda, a late professor at the University of Tokyo, first proposed umami as the fifth...


Grow kits spruce up meals, rooms, and pastimes

Grow kits spruce up meals, rooms, and pastimes

When you’re staying home and safe right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, a casual hobby can keep things interesting. Fortunately, we have kits so you can grow delicious gourmet mushrooms in your home.

The process is simple. You get your grow kit with everything you need – even a spray bottle. Within two days, you follow the instruction sheet provided. Then, you can place your mushroom block anywhere in your home that has a consistent temperature – between 17 and 21 Celsius (63 and 70 Fahrenheit) to avoid a leaner mushroom in hotter temperatures or slowed growth in...


Mushroom compost from grow kits enhances soil and plant growth

Mushroom compost from grow kits enhances soil and plant growth

Spring has sprung. Gardeners everywhere are beginning to plant their seeds for the warmer weather. Mushroom compost from our grow kits could help those plants grow strong.

When the mushrooms are cultivated, the leftovers are packed with nutrients. A mix of compost and soil can feed plants while also holding more water at once, according to John Hart, a soil scientist and emeritus professor at Oregon State University. The mix can avoid overwhelming seeds and younger plants with the salt content in mushroom compost. 

Those in suburbs, cities or anywhere where the soil is degraded...


Cooking Methods!!

Cooking Methods!!

Grilling and microwaving are best ways to preserve mushroom nutrients: study

Mushrooms can have lots of nutrients and health benefits, but it all depends on how they are prepared. 

An academic article from 2016 compares different cooking methods and their effects on nutrients in mushrooms. They looked at four mushroom types, including three grown here: Shiitake mushrooms, Snow Oysters, and King Oysters.

Researchers found deep-frying mushrooms lost protein, carbohydrates and antioxidants while increasing fat and energy. Boiling the mushrooms also lowered antioxidants, but they improved the amount of beta-glucans. Those are sources of dietary...