Cultivation Difficulty: easy
Substrate: Hardwood chips and sawdust, hardwood logs.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 70-75F/65-75F
Supplied As:Culture in slant or petri dish*
The Lions Mane is toothed fungus, it forms tooth-like spine structures instead of gills. The spines grow from a common clump and can become over a centimeter long. Younger specimens are more desired for flavor, which is often described as lobster-like when fried in butter.
This is an aggressive species that spontaneously forms primordia on malt agar and sawdust substrates but may be slow to colonize grain spawn. The mushroom develops quickly once initiated and can grow from a tiny primordia to a large, ready to harvest mushroom in one week or less. We offer a quick and easy Lion's Mane Mushroom Block - Ready to Grow Kit for those wishing to try growing this mushroom at home. It may also be cultivated from cut hardwood logs using plug spawn.
The Lion's Mane has been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and recent studies show certain compounds in the mushroom produce antioxidant effects, may regulate blood lipid levels and may reduce blood glucose levels.
We offer a similar mushroom; the Bear's-head tooth Mushrooms, Hericium americanum, dried and by the ounce.
*Note: Culture supplied as living mycelium in a test tube slant or grown on sterile media in a petri dish. Culture can be stored under refrigeration for several months. Slants are best suited for long distance travel, international shipments, or long term culture storage. To ensure freshness of culture, slant and plate requests are made to order, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing and shipment. Please choose between Slant or Petri Dish below.