Comb Tooth

Hericium americanum

Multi-branched and vigorous, this toothy mushroom grows well on beech and sugar maple. It does not form the long bearded clusters as does Hericium erinaceus, instead it appears as mounds of white froth; sweet and delicious. Fruiting occurs most abundantly in the autumn after the year of inoculation and for several years after that. While Comb Tooth has not been as well researched as Lion's Mane thus far for bioactive components, it is a culinary winner; always sweet and fragrant, regardless of the culture method. Great Lakes region isolate.

Cultivation: Comb Tooth can be cultivated on natural logs using a process very similar to Shiitake cultivation. Comb Tooth is a slower growing, less aggressive fungus, so doubling the inoculation rate will speed up the colonization and subsequent fruiting. Red Oak has traditionally been the preferred log species for sawdust or plug spawn inoculation, but many other hardwoods are preferable, particularly Beech and Sugar Maple. Alternatively, the totem method of inoculation using sawdust spawn has proven to be very successful when using hardwood rounds.

While Beech and Sugar Maple are excellent producers, other soft hardwoods such as Tulip Poplar, Aspen, Sweetgum, soft maples, Box Elder, and 2-needle pines are all good species. Following spawn run, place the colonized logs in a humid, SHADY location and watch for fruiting, especially in the fall. Comb Tooth is also available in ready-to-fruit Table Top Farms and 10-Block Sets.

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