The lion’s mane mushroom grow kit is a favorite among fans of this delicious mushroom because of the unique fruited body that emerges
Hericium erinaceus, more commonly known as lion’s mane mushroom, is an edible mushroom that grows native throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. However, with our lion’s mane mushroom grow kit, you can grow it anywhere!
In the wild lion’s mane is often found on hardwoods like American beech trees. The lion’s mane mushroom has long white spines that give it the appearance of a beard or mane (lion’s mane has also been referred to as bearded tooth mushroom, bearded hedgehog mushroom, and satyr’s beard).
Lion’s mane grow in a single clump and can be found fruiting during the late summer and fall. Many consider this to be a gourmet mushroom and a choice edible found by foragers. When cooked, the texture can have a meaty, stringy quality to it, especially if not overcooked. There is a sweetness to the flavor, and many distinguish a flavor similar to a crustacean, like lobsters or crabs.
It can be hard to find this delicious mushroom in grocery stores. This is one reason why we provide a lion’s mane mushroom growing kit to the community of mushroom enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers and healthy-food lovers. Not familiar with our lion’s mane mushroom growing kit? Check out the specifics for the kit below.
What you need to know about our lion’s mane mushroom grow kit
Our lion’s mane kit comes ready to fruit. All you have to do is place the bag in your house, poke holes in the bag, mist it daily, and mushrooms will grow within a week.
These lion’s mane mushroom bags will fruit three to five times over the course of two months, offering pounds of mushrooms for your dinner table.
How to use our lion’s mane mushroom kit
The kit will come ready-to-fruit, which means you can start growing as soon as it arrives in the mail. If you do not want to use it right away, you can place it in the refrigerator where it will be able to remain for about two weeks before it starts to fruit on its own.
The process of using the kit is pretty straight forward. First, take the bag and place it in the area you plan on growing. You can do it from the comfort of your home, or outside if weather permits. If doing it inside, you will need to place it in a room with some light and the temperature should be between 40-80 degrees F. You will want to flip the kit over and make some V-shapes throughout the surface of the bag. Make about six holes spaced These holes are where the lion’s mane mushrooms will fruit out of. Begin to spray the kit two or three times each day so it remains moist. You do not want the kit to dry out. It will take about 10 days until the mushrooms are ready to be harvested. The mushrooms are ready to harvest once the spines cascade down towards the fruited body.
Want to grow lion’s mane in bigger areas? Try sawdust spawn or plug spawn
Lion’s mane grow very well on beech totems and supplemented sawdust. They take longer than shiitake or oyster to establish and cannot be shocked into fruiting, but they are certainly worth the effort in growing. This strain typically fruits in September.
You can check out this article on how to create your own totems with random scraps of wood that you have lying around your yard. Then head over to our sawdust spawn page for the lion’s mane sawdust spawn to complete your lion’s mane totem.
If you want to go a step further and inoculate logs with lion’s mane plug spawn for greater yield possibilities, then be sure to learn the process of log inoculation here and then get the necessary plug spawn. Shiitake mushrooms are another great option for growing mushrooms on logs as well.
Lion’s mane mushrooms and brain health
The study Lion’s Mane, Hericium erinaceus and Tiger Milk, Lignosus rhinocerotis (Higher Basidiomycetes) Medicinal Mushrooms Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth in Dissociated Cells of Brain, Spinal Cord, and Retina: An In Vitro Study took a look at neurodegenerative disease, which impacts nearly 100 million people worldwide.
The study states, “Hericium erinaceus is one of the well-established medicinal mushrooms for neuronal health. It has been documented for its regenerative capability in peripheral nerve.”
It continued to say, “H. erinaceus extract at 50 µg/mL triggered neurite outgrowth at 20.47%, 22.47%, and 21.70% in brain, spinal cord, and retinal cells.”
As a quick note, neurite outgrowth is defined as a process where developing neurons “produce new projections as they grow in response to guidance cues.”
Lion’s mane mushroom is among the many amazing mushrooms
There are a variety of delicious mushrooms that do not get the recognition they deserve. We think lion’s mane is one of those mushrooms.
You can get to know this mushroom better by cultivating it in the comfort of your own home or office. You will be able to produce your own flushes of lion’s mane and eat them when they are as fresh as possible. You could even get into the process of drying the mushrooms you grow with your kits.
Check out all of the mushroom growing kits we offer through our online store. We have a variety of beautiful mushrooms to try, including chestnut mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and blue, pink, and yellow oyster mushrooms.