Lion's mane mushroom spore print is collected by placing a mushroom cap (grown indoors) on a piece of paper or aluminum foil and allowing the discharged spores to collect and form a print. Prints can be used to grow mycelium on a sterile petri dish. While we take every precaution to maintain sterility we cannot guarantee prints are completely free of contaminating organisms.
Cultivation Difficulty: easy
Substrate: Hardwood chips and sawdust, hardwood logs.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 70-75F/65-75F
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.