Scientific Name: Pholiota nameko
This fall fruiting, glossy, richly colored mushroom grows on hardwood logs, cherry in particular. Nameko are especially popular in Japan, but are not yet well known in North America. Perhaps now its time has come. The nut flavor and slightly crunchy texture is outstanding in deeply flavored soup broths.
Cultivation:Nameko is grown much in the same way as Shiitake, in living green wood felled in the dormant season and inoculated in spring or fall. Cherry has proven to be highly favorable for producing Nameko, so we recommend its use whenever possible. Inoculated logs should be placed in a shaded area directly on the ground (unlike Shiitake), allowing the spawn to grow throughout the log in a naturally humid environment.
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