(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.
- 5 pound colonized spawn bag of your choice
- Ultra-fine pump mister
- Simple Instructions
- Lion's Mane
- Antler Reishi
- Blue Oyster
- Pink Oyster (Out of Stock)
- Chestnut (Out of Stock)
- Black King Oyster
- Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)
- Yellow/Golden Oyster
- Maitake - Hen of the Woods
- White Beech (Out of Stock)
- Brown Beech
We apologize for the low inventory, we had a very busy day at
the Farmer's Market! We have more of all the varieties coming very soon.
Please check back the week of July 26th.
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. (Minimum order of 10 for any special projects)
Health Benefits of Mushrooms
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:
- 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.
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
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
- A 2019 study found evidence that the dietary fiber component of
oyster mushrooms may be useful in reducing triglyceride accumulation in
- 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
- 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.
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.
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