growing chicken of the woods indoors

Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Sawdust Spawn

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Laetiporus sulphureus: Large bright orange fruiting bodies have a texture reminiscent of chicken and are great in soups and stir-fries.

Sawdust Spawn – Used for larger mushroom log projects, or by those wanting to inoculate logs every year. Used for small to large enthusiast or commercial projects. Best for inoculating 10 or more logs. *You need an Inoculation Tool to use Sawdust Spawn! For larger projects you may want to purchase an Angle Grinder Adapter and specialized 12mm drill bit! Sawdust spawn comes in bags approximately 5.5 lbs each.

Inoculation: Chicken of the Woods does best in oak logs. After colonization period in filter patch bags above ground, Chicken of the Woods logs should be partially buried under 2 inches of top soil. The mushrooms will fruit from logs and emerge out of the soil.

*It should be noted that Chicken of the Woods is prone to being out competed by other fungi and is not a reliable producer without first treating your logs. To limit variables we strongly suggest you sterilize 8″ by 8″ segments of oak log in a pressure cooking or steam sterilizer before inoculation and incubate your log segments for a few months in sealed filter patch bags until they are completely colonized. Remove them from the bag and partially burying them in a shady location

You can sterilize your log segments in a 22 qt or larger pressure cooker such as an All-American*

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Difficulty: Expert

Chicken of the Woods is a very difficult mushroom species to cultivate. Great for experimenting and having fun trying new methods, not great for commercial cultivation.

Cooking: Be sure to harvest Chicken of the Woods mushrooms when young to avoid a brittle texture. They have a lemony, meaty taste with a texture similar to chicken and go great in soups and stir-fries.

Properties: When taken regularly, Chicken of the Woods is helpful in improving general health and strengthening the immune system. In one study, the mushroom promoted activity against human leukemia cells and the parasite that causes Malaria (Rogers, 2011). Additionally, a chemical constituent of Chicken of the Woods, dehydrotrametenolic acid, has been shown to reduce high blood sugar (Sato, M. et al. 2002). As the mushroom ages, it can be burned to repel mosquitoes and black flies (Rogers, 2011).

Grow your own chicken of the woods at home! Chicken of the Woods has large, bright orange fruiting bodies. North Spore's spawn is your access to grow your own mushrooms and explore the mycological world.