Learning to grow Mushrooms in Hawaii
Yes, there are wild mushrooms growing in Hawaii but majority of them are poisonous and not edible. Experts say to never take a risk with all the wild mushrooms growing here, but why not trying growing some on your own? Mushroom growing kits or bricks of mushroom with spawn are easy to buy online and packed in wood chip bricks that are easy to grow in the humid condition around the islands. For anyone looking for a fun and easy gardening hobby, growing mushrooms using blocks is a fun and easy growing experience here. Check out this growing mushroom experience with tips in Hawaii and you’ll also be hooked to growing mushrooms on the island.
Why grow your own mushrooms here in Hawaii?
Fresh mushrooms here on the island are limited in production, types and definitely more expensive for fresh mushrooms on the island. growing your own is a great alternative with minimal effort and a small upfront investment. The growing experience is fun, educational and an easy process to do and checking out the progress every day is quite addictive. Not only are you creating food with your own efforts, growing mushrooms is a fantastic learning experience and it really is fun to watch mushrooms grow to delicious food that you can cook into wonderful meals.
Learning to grow mushrooms with easy kits below are the way to go and produce quickly in the right environment. Hawaii has the right humidity and filtered conditions that you can find to easily grow from mushroom kits and can give 2 -3 flushes of mushrooms.
Commercially grown mushrooms in Hawaii
With only one large commercially growing venture on the Hamakua coast and a few small island mom and pop growers of mushrooms and kits for sale, there a relatively small market to source good quality mushrooms even though there’s a lot of interest in people in growing their own mushrooms.
Hamakua mushrooms Farms located in Hawaii Island – offers tours of their facilities and also cooking demonstrations on site. You can also buy mushrooms for sale at the farm along with other souvenirs from their shop.
Check your own local farmers markets growers on the various islands, they tend to also offer mushroom grow kits along with selling their Hawaii grown mushrooms.
Growing mushrooms in kits
You can purchase local grow kits from Hawaii growers selling these kits below for reference.
Volcano Mushrooms – from the Big Island you can purchase grow kits of Lions Mane, Reishi and oyster mushrooms
Mermaid Mushrooms – Big Island Keahou order mushrooms and kits sold from their website.
Honolulu Mushrooms – Oahu based mushroom seller and kits sold on their website
How to create more flushes of mushrooms to your kits
You definitely can get more production on your kits with 2 or more flushes of mushrooms from each brick you have prepped. After the last groups of mushrooms have been cut from the brick, it’s time to let the brick hold for a bit and then do a shock treatment effect to get the spawn reactivated inside and start producing a new flush of mushrooms.
Check out this fantastic video on how to get more flushes from your mushroom kits
Here’s what to do with your kit when it is all spent but can be reuse again
After you have cleaned the block out and washed it clean so you can reuse the block for growing more mycelium or break it down more and use for compost in your garden.
Delicious mushroom recipes
There are so many inspiring recipes and dishes you can create using mushrooms as the main ingredient for a spectacular meal with friends and family. Check out some of the easy to follow mushroom recipes below for your inspiration.
Make this savory and delicious Hungarian mushroom soup
Savory garlic mushroom and spinach
Stuffed cheese mushrooms
Creamy Beef and mushroom
Other tips for growing mushrooms in Hawaii
You can buy mushrooms from small mom and pop growers around the different islands, they also offer growing kits to grow your own.
Many Big Box retailers like Home Depot sell mushroom kits in the garden sections.
Check these other topics on growing and tropical plants in Hawaii
Conclusion on growing mushrooms in Hawaii
Growing mushrooms on blocks is a fun and easy way to experience growing your own mushrooms on the island. Many of the kits you purchase can be used right away and start growing mycelium into mushrooms just a few day from opening. It is an exciting and rewarding process to see this from start to end and hope that you also get a chance to try growing some mushrooms on your own here.
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