Scientific Name: Lentinula edodes
Shiitake mushrooms gathered off fallen logs have been the most popular mushroom in Asia for centuries. In the last century, techniques have been developed to cultivate them intentionally, with commercial production at last becoming feasible. Demand for this distinctive, nutritious and sturdy mushroom continues to rise in today's health conscious cuisine.
Cultivation: Shiitake are cultivated using trees or wood as a growing medium, or substrate. Two viable methods are in wide use today, small-scale "natural" log cultivation, and "synthetic" or sawdust "log" cultivation, used mostly by large-scale commercial operations. Natural log cultivation is the oldest method and imitates nature closely. Low initial costs make it ideal for small scale growers, but the process is physically demanding. It requires "planting" hardwood logs felled in the dormant season... they can be logs or branches freshly-cut from healthy, living hardwood trees, often gathered from timber stand improvement cuts.
More Information and Tips for Growing
Click here to view our how-to video on Shiitake log inoculation
Shiitake Strains: We offer three fruiting temp categories as shown below (all are certified organic): Wide Range (WR), Warm Weather (WW), Cold Weather (CW). Click on any of the three strain categories below to learn more about each category. And even though deciding which strain to use can be a little confusing, you really can't go wrong... They ALL work!
For a side-by-side comparison of all of our Shiitake strains, see our Shiitake Strain Chart which breaks down all of our Shiitake strains by fruiting temperature and strain characteristics.
NOTE: These designations indicate the conditions under which these strains can be fruited, and are NOT an indication of which type of climate they grow best.