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Ready to Grow Gourmet Mushroom Kit (5lbs) Your Choice!

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    Our " Ready to Grow" kits sold in our retail store are now available online! Midwest Organics ready to grow Kits are the easy way to enjoy delicious mushrooms and their health benefits. Our 5 pound grow kits use a proprietary mix of hardwood & grain spawn. Using only first generation mycelium, our colonized bags produce around 2.5-3 pounds of mushrooms. Easy to use, just cut and mist or place the bag in a clear tote along with a small amount of water and mist daily. These kits also do great in our Ecosphere systems!

    Includes:

    • 5 pound colonized spawn bag of your choice
    • Ultra-fine pump mister
    • We provide easy detailed instructions for each variety, with two different growing methods. 

      *Mystery Kit - Our Choice: Save 25%-35% discount off regular price!  We choose from our inventory! This Mystery Kit is the same quality as our retail. You may even get one of our small batch rare varieties that we sell only in our retail store or even an upcoming variety that we are still testing and may be available soon. If you order multiple mystery kits we do try and give you a variety but there are no returns or exchanges on mystery kit orders. Some recent examples are:   Enoki, Bears Head, ABM Mushroom, Elm Oyster, Nameko and soon the Abalone Mushroom!

       
      We can grow almost any variety upon request. If its able to be cultivated indoors we can grow it within 2-3 weeks! Email us with any special requests. 

      If we are out of stock on a specific variety, please check with our friends at www.MycoLabs.com they carry the similar line of kits but keep separate inventory. 

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      (Huge selection of Rare and Hard to Find Varieties!)  Our " Ready to Grow" kits currently sold in our retail store are now available online! Midwest Organics ready to grow mushroom Kits are the fast and easy way to enjoy delicious mushrooms and their health benefits. Our 5 pound grow kits use a proprietary mix of hardwood & grain spawn. Using only first generation mycelium, our colonized bags produce around 2.5-3 pounds of mushrooms. Easy to use, just cut and mist or place the bag in a clear tote along with a small amount of water and mist daily.

      Includes:

      • 5 pound colonized spawn bag of your choice
      • Ultra-fine pump mister
      • Simple Instructions

      Current Inventory:

      • King Trumpet Oyster
      • Lion's Mane (ON SALE!)
      • Blue Oyster(ON SALE)
      • Brown Beech (Out of Stock)
      • Pink Oyster
      • Antler Reishi 
      • Black Pearl King Oyster
      • Maitake (Hen of the Woods)
      • White Pearl Oyster
      • Pioppino (Black Poplar)
      • Chestnut Mushroom
      • Turkey Tail
      • Phoenix Oyster
      • Red Reishi
      • Shiitake
      • Yellow/Golden Oyster
      • Mystery Kit - Our Choice* (Save 25%-35%)

      *Mystery Kit - Our Choice: Save 25%-35% discount off regular

      price! We choose from our inventory! This Mystery Kit is the same

      quality as our retail. You may even get one of our small batch rare

      varieties that we sell only in our retail store or even an upcoming

      variety that we are still testing and may be available soon. Some recent

      examples are: ABM Mushroom, The Prince, Elm Oyster, Nameko and soon the Abalone Mushroom!

      We can grow almost any variety upon request. If its able to be cultivated indoors we can grow it within 2-3 weeks! Email us with any special requests.

      If we are out of stock on a specific variety, please check with our friends at www.MycoLabs.com they carry the similar line of kits but keep separate inventory.

      Our comments on Gourmet/Medicinal Kits:

      Blue Oyster: The Blue oyster is one of the quickest oysters to fruit. They tolerate cold weather and will fruit in temps as low as 55 degrees! This type of oyster is typically used in high end dishes. The mushrooms are thinner and more delicate than some of the other oysters but have a more complex flavor that makes it one of the most popular oysters.
      Black Pearl King Oyster: This unique variety is a hybrid between European Trumpet Oyster and Japanese Brown Oyster. The result was an oyster mushroom with the most "Umami" flavor profile. We hear all the time this is one of the best tasting oyster. These are slower to fruit but will produce large dense mushroom caps and prefer the cooler side of the temperature range.

      Pink Oyster: These are one of the most fun mushrooms to grow. The bright pink mushrooms look like flowers and can brighten up any kitchen! This oyster grows in the tropics and the vibrant pink color shows even on the mycellium. Pink oysters love warmer temps and do best between 70-82 degrees. The pink oyster has a very unique "Ham" like flavor and are always a top seller at our farmers market. These mushrooms are wonderful on pizza and pair well with any pork recipe. 

      Yellow/Golden Oyster: The yellow oyster is another fun, beautiful flower like mushroom to grow. They grow in huge clusters and the caps are thin and delicate. They grow in pretty much any conditions and temperatures and are extremely easy to grow. They have a nutty taste who some say taste like cashews or almonds. They are great in just about any recipe. This is a great choice for any first time grower.

      White Pearl Oyster: This is another easy to grow oyster that grows fast and is usually bright white to light grey when fully mature. These produce medium sized mushrooms that are not too thick and not too thin. This is a great choice if you want an oyster mushroom that can be used in any recipe. They grow in temperatures ranging from 64-76 degrees, but do best on the cooler side.

      Phoenix Oyster: This oyster is very similar to the white oyster but produces shorter, wider clusters. The phoenix oyster is a true summer mushroom and loves warmer temperatures. This is a great oyster to grow along with medicinal mushrooms that require warmer fruiting temps (73-78 degrees).  This mushroom is a treat to eat, has a soft, velvety and sweet flavor reminiscent of anise and is super easy to grow. 

      Antler Reishi: By now you probably heard of the amazing documented health benefits of this amazing medicinal mushroom. If not, you can read more about them by clicking the "additional Information tab". We are huge fans of the Antler variety. It is really fun to grow! All you need to do is place it in a spot that gets adequate indirect light and watch it grow. Each block will do something different. Sometimes it will grow a few long thin antlers that can reach over 24" long, other times it will grow small antler pods with 20-30 different branches going in all directions. All Reishi take about 2-4 months to reach maturity. A great way to enjoy this mushroom is making Reishi tea. When ready to harvest you slice it very thin and boil for 30 mins to extract all the medicinal properties. Its great to mix with your regular tea and most people enjoy the taste when prepared this way. 

      Lion's Mane: This unique mushroom has dramatically gained popularity in the last few years and is one of our best selling varieties. New research has proven the brain boosting benefits and the ability to help with some major diseases like Dementia, Depression, Anxiety and more. This mushroom is also delicious when cooked. Unlike many vegetables cooking mushrooms enhances or amplifies the health benefits. Most people agree that Lion's mane has a lobster or scallop like flavor and texture. Lion's mane is very easy to grow and can produce many batches of mushrooms for 4-6 weeks. Depending on how much light or oxygen they are exposed to can change the appearance. More light will give it a pink hue and more oxygen will make it grow larger, but will have a coral like appearance. Either way it grows is just personal preference and makes it another fun, interesting variety to cultivate!

      Pioppino: Also know as Black Poplar. This mushroom looks like a typical brown mushroom and is easily mistaken for magic mushrooms or psilocybe cubensis. This mushroom will grow in just about any soil mix and is pretty quick to start fruiting. This is a great mushroom for any Italian dish and has a savory, nutty taste. When growing this mushroom it can grow in many odd sizes. We have seen giant balls or some very thick meaty 8-9" monsters! Definitely an entertaining mushroom to cultivate! 

      Shiitake: Everyone knows shiitake mushrooms. Probably the most widely cultivated mushroom at home. Our shiitake strain is very aggressive and usually produce a large amount of mushrooms over several flushes. We ship these during the curing stage which is when the outer layer of mycelium turns brown and forms a hard leather like skin. Waiting to introduce light later in its life produces higher quality mushrooms. This is how professional growers produce the large mushrooms. Shiitake is extremely easy to grow and can produce mushrooms for months!

      Maitake (Hen of the Woods): This is one of the best tasting forest mushrooms. Known for its rich nutty flavor and its amazing medicinal properties it's one of the most sought after mushrooms to forage in the fall. Growing Maitake indoors has always been a challenge. After years of trial and error we have developed the ideal hardwood substrate mix, fruiting technique and perfected (by cloning) a strain that will produce indoors. 

       Maitake contains an impressive amount of polysaccharides, triterpenes and additional bioactive chemicals that are known to offer a wide range of health benefits. Research shows that its beta glucan content has immune-supporting effects as well as anti-viral properties. The mushroom's bioactive polysaccharides support the body in helping to ward off pathogens. This is particularly useful when there's a cold going around at the office, or you're experiencing stress and have a weakened immune system. Maitake has also been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels, help reduce insulin and support weight loss by regulating cortisol levels, which is a major cause of stress related weight gain.

      Health Benefits of Mushrooms

      Lion's Mane

      Lion’s mane mushrooms are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. Lion’s mane mushrooms can be enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts often used in over-the-counter health supplements. Many describe their flavor as “seafood-like,” often comparing it to crab or lobster.
      Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, especially the brain, heart and gut. Recent studies have shown many health benefits including protection against:

      • Dementia
      • Alzheimer's
      • Relieve depression and anxiety
      • Protect against ulcers
      • Reduce heart attack risk
      • Help manage diabetes symptoms
      • Fights many types of cancers and reduces inflammation in the body.

      Oyster Mushrooms

      Pink oyster are a tropical species of mushroom and grow best in warm humid weather. Yellow are a strain from asia and have high levels of beta carotine. Blue oyster are found in many forests throughout North America.

      Oyster mushrooms contain a number of substances thought to influence health. These substances include dietary fiber, beta-glucan, and several other polysaccharides—a class of carbohydrates found to affect immune function. Scientific studies on the health benefits of oyster mushrooms are emerging. Research has examined the potential benefits of this fungus.

      • A 2019 study found evidence that the dietary fiber component of oyster mushrooms may be useful in reducing triglyceride accumulation in the liver.
      • Promotes Heart Health- Research has indicated that whole foods with fiber, such as mushrooms, provide several health effects with few calories making them a smart choice for a healthy eating pattern. Several studies have associated a higher intake of fiber with better heart health.
      • Supports Better Immune Function. Oyster mushrooms may enhance immune function, according to a small study published in 2016.6 For the study, participants ingested an oyster mushroom extract for eight weeks. At the study's end, researchers found evidence that the extract may have immune-enhancing effects.
      • May Reduce Risk of Cancer. Some preliminary research indicates that oyster mushrooms may possess cancer-fighting properties.7 A 2018 study demonstrated that an oyster mushroom extract may suppress the growth and spread of breast cancer and colon cancer in human cells. Research is ongoing with scientists suggesting that more studies are needed to fully understand the relationship.
      • Improves Metabolic Health. Consuming a diet that includes plenty of fiber-rich vegetables is often recommended by health professionals as a method to reach and maintain a healthy weight. But mushrooms may offer an additional benefit to help you maintain better metabolic health. One published study examined the effects of edible mushrooms on obesity. Researchers concluded that "regular consumption of mushrooms is effective in the treatment of metabolic syndrome, including obesity." They advised, however, that the practice needs to be combined with regular physical exercise, as well as dietary and lifestyle alterations.


      Reishi Mushrooms

      The reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum and lingzhi, is a fungus that grows in various hot and humid locations in Asia. For many years, this fungus has been a staple in Eastern medicine. Within the mushroom, there are several molecules, including triterpenoids, polysaccharides and peptidoglycans, that may be responsible for its health effects. While the mushrooms themselves can be eaten fresh, it is also common to use powdered forms of the mushroom or extracts that contain these specific molecules. These different forms have been tested in cell, animal and human studies.

      • Boost the Immune system- One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system (4Trusted Source). While some details are still uncertain, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of your immune system. What’s more, these studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells (5Trusted Source).
      • Fights cancer- Research in cancer patients has shown that some of the molecules found in the mushroom can increase the activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells. Natural killer cells fight infections and cancer in the body. Another study found that reishi can increase the number of other white blood cells (lymphocytes) in those with colorectal cancer (2Trusted Source).
      • Fights depression and fatigue- Reishi’s effects on the immune system are often most emphasized, but it has other potential advantages as well. These include reduced fatigue and depression, as well as improved quality of life. One study examined its effects in 132 people with neurasthenia, a poorly defined condition associated with aches, pains, dizziness, headaches and irritability. The researchers found that fatigue was reduced and well-being was improved after 8 weeks of taking the supplements. Another study found that fatigue was reduced and quality of life was improved after 4 weeks of taking reishi powder in a group of 48 breast cancer survivors (25Trusted Source). What’s more, the people in the study also experienced less anxiety and depression.
      • Blood Sugar control- Several studies have indicated that molecules found in the reishi mushroom can decrease blood sugar in animals. Some preliminary research in humans reported similar findings. However, the majority of research has not supported this benefit. After evaluating hundreds of participants, researchers found no benefits for fasting blood sugar. Mixed results were seen for blood sugar after meals. In some cases, reishi mushroom lowered blood sugar. More studies are currently ongoing.
      Overall Customer Rating of 54 Reviews:
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      Pink Oyster Flowers!

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      Sharing my recent success, my daughter got this and it was so fun and delicious! FLOWERS YOU CAN EAT!
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      Mystery is amazing!

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      I bought these on a whim and I’m happy I did. This is my first time growing mushrooms, I didn’t want to get discouraged by starting off by failing so I decided to go with these kits. I got two random kits to start and got antler reishi and white pearl oysters. Setup for both was simple and they started growing quickly. The reishi mushrooms are beautiful, while I was shopping I had never even thought of getting them, now I feel like I won the mushroom lottery.

      Arizona

      Pink Oyster!!

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      • Wonderful and easy to grow
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      My daughter took care of it by misting it once per day. I just left it in the box and put a clear bag over the box with some holes and I posted this on Instagram but want to share with you! 5 stars!! Love your products will be ordering soon. Thank you.
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      Oklahoma

      So glad I purchased

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      Love my product. Arrived on time. Perfect condition. Simple instructions. I should be eating fresh mushrooms soon

      Blue Oyster Bouquet

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      The fruiting instructions were helpful and the result was a very nice cluster after about 6 days from the arrival of the package. Thank you for such a nice and timely harvest.