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What to do with your remaining growing medium...

What to do with your remaining growing medium...

Mushroom compost in animal feed may improve antioxidants, metabolism

The mushrooms fruit and are ready to harvest. That leaves behind a compost made of water, hardwood pellets, and some waste material, such as soybean meal or wheat bran.

To avoid becoming waste material itself, the mushroom compost can go from feeding mushrooms to feeding animals. A recent academic article studied the nutritional benefits of mushroom compost as a feed supplement for animals. The researchers found the compost may improve animal health by providing antioxidants and helping improve fat...


Getting to know - Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

Getting to know - Pearl Oyster Mushrooms

The Pearl Oyster is a fast and easy-growing mushroom with a unique taste. It is one of the most cultivated mushrooms in the world as a result. In its natural habitat, the Pearl Oyster grows on hardwood trees, such as oaks, maples, birch, aspens, and other popular trees in Ontario.

The mushroom is high in potassium, a mineral that Canadians may not be consuming enough. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and supports bone and muscle strength. A cup of Pearl Oysters – or 100 grams – can have about 300 to 400...


Getting to know: Lion's Mane Mushrooms

Getting to know: Lion's Mane Mushrooms

The Lion’s Mane mushrooms have some unique potential health benefits, based on some early stages of scientific studies. Keep in mind these benefits still need to be further confirmed.

One unique benefit is the mushroom may improve cognitive functioning, such as memory, concentration, learning and decision-making. A study in Japan discovered that a group of 15 people all aged between 50 to 80 years old saw improvements in their mild cognitive impairment when regularly taking tablets containing the Lion’s Mane. Including the mushroom in a diet may potentially help slow down the effects of diseases...