Cultivation Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Substrate: Hardwood sawdust and chips supplemented with bran
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 70-75F/50-65F
Supplied as:10cc liquid culture
Maitake is a large polypore mushroom with clusters of overlapping brownish-gray fan shaped caps attached to a common base with short tough stems. It is widely regarded as a choice edible and is described as having a wide range of medicinal properties. The flesh is fairly fibrous but becomes tender with long slow cooking. The undersides of the mushrooms caps are white and composed of tiny pores instead of the plate-like gills seen in more typical mushrooms.
Maitake has been extensively studied for its medicinal properties in Japan, China and the U.S. Reportedly demonstrating antiviral and antitumor activity and other immune system boosting properties. Check out some of the titles in our Mushroom Bookstore for more information on medicinal mushrooms and their benefits.
Create your own DIY home mushroom kit and use this culture in our Supplemented Sawdust Block w/ Rye Grain Pocket. Makes a great home or school science project!
In addition to the liquid culture we also have Maitake Mushrooms available in Dried Retail Packs, as well as dried for Bulk Purchase. Maitake Mushroom plug spawn is also available for those wishing to explore log farming with this mushroom.
Note: Culture supplied as living mycelium in solution in a sterile 10cc syringe with unattached 16 gauge needle. Culture can be stored under refrigeration for several months. Use to directly inoculate Sterilized Substrates and Media.