Mushrooms: Grow them myself?

I read an article earlier in the year in California Bountiful about a couple of college buddies from UC Berkeley who took an idea from a class:  you could take a major waste stream, coffee grounds, and use it to grow gourmet mushrooms.  In April of 2009 they began experimenting, picking up grounds from a local cafe and planting ten buckets.  Nine of the buckets failed, but the 10th grew a beautiful crop of pearl oyster mushrooms.  They received encouragement that it was a good product from Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and a produce coordinator from Whole Foods.

Day 5

Day 6

Now their product, beautifully packaged with the sterilized coffee grounds injected with oyster mushroom spawn and including a spray bottle, is available at many over 1000 retailers including Whole Foods, which is where I picked up my box.

Day 7

Day 8

A hole is cut in the plastic wrapping and the packet is misted twice daily with the enclosed water spray bottle.

Quite a fun gardening experience.

A little butter, a little olive oil, some minced shallots and minced garlic.  Yep, that’s fresh!

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