Enoki, also known as enokitake mushroom, is a wood-loving mushroom in the top five most cultivated edible mushrooms. Enoki is a gourmet mushroom that is popular in Asian dishes and soups. It reportedly helps boost the immune system and benefits the liver. Enoki can be grown on hardwood logs, but they are most commonly grown on supplemented sawdust blocks or jars. Enoki mushrooms can also be grown on cardboard, straw, peanut shells or various other organic waste products. When grown indoors with elevated levels of carbon dioxide, enoki mushrooms tend to grow in long thin, strawlike clusters with tiny button caps. Many mushrooms are affected by carbon dioxide levels, and in response they produce excess stem material. Fortunately for the enoki, the stems are so thin and delicate that this is a desirable trait for most growers and chefs. Enoki mushrooms are often cut, sold and cooked in clusters. When these clusters of Enoki mushrooms are cooked, they develop a noodle-like quality with a texture similar to bean sprouts. If you bought enoki mushrooms in a market, this is almost certainly how you would find them.
Enokis grown outdoors on hardwood logs have a typical mushroom shape. They still tend to form in huge clusters, but they have thicker, much shorter stems and full caps. These mushrooms still have a similar edibility to the thin ones. Standard enoki mushrooms are pink, but these Golden enoki mushroom cultures will produce mushrooms with yellow caps.
Enoki is a choice mushroom to cultivate because it is prone to having long fruiting periods. It is moderately difficult to cultivate, like most edible mushrooms. Enoki enjoys moist conditions, with a cold shock. Incubate your jars at about 75 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 2 to 2.5 weeks. When the substrate is colonized, drop the temperatures to about 60 degrees while introducing fresh air to help initiate primorida formation. During the initial fruiting stage, drop the temperature another 10 degrees and increase the amount of fresh air exchange for the next 5-7 days.
Each item contains one petri dish with a Golden (Yellow) Enoki mushroom culture colonized on MEA substrate.
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