John's Thoughts

  • Growing mushrooms indoors: The grow mix

    The types of mushrooms we grow mostly decompose hardwood trees in the wilderness, such as oak, maple, and beech trees for example. We try to replicate that environment indoors with our grow mixes, known as substrate.
  • Choose your chestnut: Popularity of "Chestnut" shows importance of scientific names

    At JCB Gourmet Mushrooms, we grow the Chestnut mushroom and the Chestnut mushroom. The scientific names should clarify any confusion around the popularity of the chestnut in common mushroom names.
  • Saprophytic mushrooms decompose dead wood and minerals for good

    It is common to notice mushrooms growing on dead and fallen trees. As ancient oak trees that stood tall through the tests of time begin to decay for example, mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms or the Lions Mane mushroom, fruit out of the wood, breaking down the tree for food. Those are saprophytic mushrooms.
  • Journey through the mushroom life cycle

    Let’s take a journey through the mushroom’s life cycle, shall we?
  • 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

    The five basic tastes for humans are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms will help you become more familiar with t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 t...
  • Cooking Methods!!

    Grilling and microwaving are best ways to preserve mushroom nutrients: study Mushrooms can have lots of nutrients and health benefits, but it al...
  • 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 m...
  • New mushrooms coming early 2021

    The later part of 2020 was a huge success for us at JCB Gourmet Mushrooms.  It was largely a huge learning curve and we made many mistakes, errors ...
  • A glimpse into my mind

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