Mushroom Gourmet

Education

Discovery Packs:

For educators of all levels. Successfully used from kindergarten through to university level, the edible fungi discovery packs need no watering or fertilising after the easy preparation. The experiments sit tidily in a shady spot on a table or back bench. Activity can be observed and plotted from as early as day 2. Choose from the different experiment packs below and get in touch through the contact form if you are interested in using them as a learning tool.

No Fuss, Lets Grow!
NO FUSS, LET’S GROW

6 pack for group work. Grow tasty mushrooms in 2-4 weeks. Soak, drain, shake and grow. No packing, no mess, amazing new procedure. Try the taste out on others. Survey their thoughts on the look and taste. Create your own recipes! Describe the features of oyster mushrooms. How do they compare with button mushrooms or plants and ferns? Create spore prints for science or art. Discover the properties of spore chains. How do they form? What conditions are necessary to create them?

Easy Intro - 24 Mini Experiments
EASY INTRO – 24 MINI EXPERIMENTS

Introductory class kit for seeing how mushroom roots (mycelium) grow. What slows growth, what encourages it. Action over 2-14 days for the whole class. 24 cards with spawn carriers are boiled for 40 minutes. The water is drained off leaving the moist card to sit until next day. Treatments such as solutions of yeast, sugar, salt, ti tree oil, garlic, potato water, are placed in a depression on the card. The spawn grows out from the centre depression and within a few days the effects of the treatments can be seen. Different concentrations and mixtures can be proposed and tested. Mycelial growth can be measured with a ruler and compared between other experiments in the same or different environments. Types of mycelial growth such as aerial, ropey or cotton can be noted and compared.

Mushrooms Grow on What?
MUSHROOMS GROW ON WHAT?

Can edible mushrooms grow on leaves, twigs, timber slices? How about coffee waste, old tea bags, phone books, newspaper or toilet rolls? Yes to all! The info sheet covers the requirements of the oyster mushroom before successful invasion can begin. This usually involves moistening and reducing the likelihood of contaminants. Spawn, growing bags, filters and instructions are provided for preparing each experiment. Other plant based products can be trialled – send in your findings...

“If you want to encourage learning and understanding of fungi growth and development in your students I would recommend teachers of any level, whether primary, secondary or tertiary get in touch with Tim at Mushroom Gourmet. It’s a worthwhile learning experience for all, with the benefits of a meal at the end of it!” David Seldon, Senior Tutor, School of Biological Sciences Auckland

 

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Growing Mushrooms Book/CD

Check out our 54 page A5 booklet of easy ‘how to grow’ information, recipes, interesting facts, and ways to maintain cultures for home growers, schools, hobbyists... Beginner or experienced, young or old there's something for all — Click here for more details.

Feedback From Educators

“Hi... Anyway I want to grow the oyster mushrooms as we have before... We have tried on straw, on toilet rolls, in dry fish tanks and hanging in the classroom and here we are again wanting to have a go. I might say we ate the results of our labours in omelettes! It was all very successful as you know.”

–  J.D. –  Auckland,

“The experiments were great and the mushrooms that we grew were enjoyed by all, we managed several big fry ups. The class really enjoyed the unit and I was surprised at how much they learned in a few short weeks. Thank you so much for making the experience that much richer.”

–  J.F. –  

“I am the H.O.D. biology... Last year I bought your CD and oyster mushroom kits for yield, and the one where the mycelium grows on black paper in plastic bags. We used them for the Year 13 organism study. They were successful, as well as being interesting for the boys. I told them about the source so hope you received some orders from them. This year I would like to buy a supply of your spawn-impregnated grain so we can run the black paper stimulation/inhibition practicals again.”

–  T.M. –  

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