Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms

by Paul Stamets (Author)

A detailed and comprehensive guide for growing and using gourmet and medicinal mushrooms commercially or at home.“Absolutely the best book in the world on how to grow diverse and delicious mushrooms.”—David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified With precise growth parameters for thirty-one mushroom species, this bible of mushroom cultivation includes gardening tips, state-of-the-art production techniques, realistic advice for laboratory and growing room construction, tasty mushroom recipes, and an invaluable troubleshooting guide. More than 500 photographs, illustrations, and charts clearly identify each stage of cultivation, and a twenty-four-page color insert spotlights the intense beauty of various mushroom species. Whether you’re an ecologist, a chef, a forager, a pharmacologist, a commercial grower, or a home gardener—this indispensable handbook will get you started, help your garden succeed, and make your mycological landscapes the envy of the neighborhood.

In the captivating world of mycology, "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" by Paul Stamets stands as a seminal work, offering an in-depth exploration into the fascinating realm of cultivating and appreciating mushrooms.

Within the pages of this comprehensive guide, Stamets, renowned mycologist and mushroom advocate, unveils the secrets of mushroom cultivation, delving into both the practical and theoretical aspects of this captivating hobby.

Stamets' writing is a blend of scientific rigor and personal passion, as he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience, guiding readers through the process of cultivating gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in their own homes or gardens.

The book covers a wide range of topics, from the basics of mushroom biology and ecology to detailed instructions on selecting suitable strains, preparing substrates, and maintaining optimal growing conditions.

With meticulous attention to detail, Stamets provides a step-by-step guide to cultivating popular gourmet mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster, and portobello, as well as medicinal mushrooms like reishi, lion's mane, and turkey tail.

More than just a practical manual, "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" also delves into the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, highlighting their potential health benefits and their role in traditional medicine and modern research.

Stamets' passion for mushrooms is evident in every page of this book, as he shares captivating stories and anecdotes from his own experiences with these remarkable organisms.

Whether you are a seasoned mushroom enthusiast or a curious beginner, "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms" by Paul Stamets is an invaluable resource that will enrich your understanding and appreciation of the fungal kingdom.


614 pages