I first heard of Back to the Roots‘ mushroom growing kit on The EcoMaker blog (where my shampoo bar, soap and solid lotion were recently reviewed). My family loves mushrooms (we are very much like Hobbits in that sense), so I thought it would be fun to grow our own.
I ordered two kits from Back to the Roots, and they arrived in less than a week. They offer free shipping if you buy two or more sets. I have since seen the kits in my local Whole Foods. However, I will probably just order refills (the kits cost $19.95 each, and the refills are less than half that).
It took a few days before the little buds appeared, but by Day 7, they were looking like mushrooms. We were all amazed at how quickly they grew, and how, even over the course of a few hours, they had mushroomed in size. Miraculous!
The “soil” in which the mushrooms grow is actually recycled coffee grounds, which can be used as mulch for one’s garden after the mushrooms have been harvested. They come in a compostable cardboard box. Very earth-friendly!.
I sautéed them and we ate them as a side dish. However, it occurred to me that these meaty, nutty oyster mushrooms would be perfect for my vegan mushroom stroganoff recipe. I will definitely grow more of my own mushrooms. Next, I think I will try growing my own shiitakes…
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This is Nikhil, one of the co-founders. Just wanted to thank you so much for this awesome post! Hope you enjoyed eating those mushrooms, they look delicious. I’ll definitely have to try out that recipe with the oyster mushrooms soon.
We’re also in the works of developing a shiitake mushroom kit…. so stay tuned:) Thanks again!
Hi Nikhil! You’re welcome. I love your product and your business model. The mushrooms were great. I am using the second batch for tonight’s dinner! I would love to find out how to get a refill for my kit. And thanks for letting me know about your shiitake kits — I eagerly await their arrival in my local Whole Foods! Thanks, Mary
Hi Mary – thanks for the post – I will be on the lookout at Whole Foods for them – wonder if they will grow in an apartment near the window???
You’re welcome, Amy. I’ve seen them in the packaged mushroom section of your Whole Foods.I grew them in my kitchen out of direct sunlight, so I’m sure they will be fine in your house. I just photographed them on the porch because the light is better 🙂
great! of course, I will have to see how Miss Dahlia – my nosy cat – handles the mushroom invasion!
On that day or two when the mushrooms start growing 1/4″ per hour, I’m sure it will freak her out a little bit! She might be tempted to give them a good swat 🙂
Great post! i really like your post and your sharing is very good, the pictures are very nice . you are doing nice work good by growing Mushrooms. Thanks for sharing.
I have wanted to grow my own mushrooms for a while, but didn’t know how. Thank you for posting this. I will have to check out one of those kits.
Glad you found my post helpful. Have fun growing your own. I look forward to seeing how you use them!
So cool. I’m thinking our climate is too hot and dry for me to try this but I may need to see anyway. Thanks so much!
I would guess that if you keep the kit in your kitchen, or even a bathroom, there will be enough ambient moisture for it to thrive. Let me know if you give it a try!