Black Poplar Kit
Grow Your Own Black Poplar (Pioppino) Mushroom Kit.
Temperature Range: 55-70F
Skill Level: Intermediate
Our GYO kits are a mycological kitchen-countertop-science-experiment, perfect for foodies, gourmands, epicures, locavores, vegans, paleo health-conscious cousins, nature lovers, show-and-tell grade-schoolers and as hard-to-please hostess gifts. It requires no more commitment than a house plant. Several harvests will occur over a period of 6-8 weeks, yielding up to 3 pounds of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms from one kit. Our kits need indirect sunlight to grow to their full potential, and prefer a temperature range of 55-70 degrees F, but they are also pretty easy going and user friendly. Mushrooms have been doing their thing on earth for a long time.
Instructions will be provided on misting, fruiting, harvesting, storage and preparation of your mushrooms. Our website has tips, recipes and frequently asked questions. After the kit has ceased production, it can be removed from the bag, broken up and added to garden soil or a compost pile.
Thank you for eating locally (it doesn’t get more local than growing in your own kitchen) and for supporting Pennsylvania farmers.
Our family wishes you good health!
PLEASE NOTE: All kits are made to order and may take 7-10 days to ship.
Congratulations! You hold in your hands living mushroom mycelium, which will produce delicious and nutritious lion’s mane (Agrocybe aegerita) mushrooms. This is a living product. Please use your kit ASAP for best results.
Place your GYO Black Poplar Mushroom Kit on a plate or pie tin in a location with indirect sunlight. Black Poplars require some exposure to sunlight, but not direct sunlight. A spot on your kitchen counter top that receives indirect sunlight is perfect.
Tiny primordia (baby mushrooms) will begin to appear on the surface anywhere from 20-30 days from the date written on your kit. When at least 75% of the surface is covered with baby mushrooms, open the bag by cutting straight across just above the white filter patch. Begin misting the surface at least 3-5 times per day, and also directly mist the forming mushrooms. They should be kept moist, but not soaking wet. Increase misting if the mushrooms appear dry. You can also drape a plastic bag over your kit between mistings to maintain the humidity.
Mushrooms grow quickly and can mature in 5-7 days. Harvest your mushrooms when they reach the top of the bag. Ideally they should be harvested when the edges of the caps are still turned down, and the veil covering the gills is still present. Harvest all mushrooms at once by gently twisting and pulling.
Continue to mist your kit daily, and you can expect a second flush of mushrooms within 2 weeks. If kept properly hydrated, 3-4 flushes of mushrooms are possible, with each flush yielding slightly less.
Store your mushrooms in the refrigerator in a paper bag or in an open container covered with a paper towel. Do not store them in any type of closed plastic container or plastic bag. This will cause premature spoilage.
Black Poplars can be sautéed whole on medium-high heat with butter or olive oil, minced garlic and salt and pepper, until golden brown. They can also be sliced lengthways or chopped.
Q: What’s in this kit?
A: Your grow kit contains supplemented hardwood sawdust, and lion’s mane mushroom mycelium.
Q: Why are my mushrooms drying out?
A: They are too dry. Increase your misting. You can also drape a plastic bag over your kit between mistings to maintain the humidity.
Q: Should I pick all the mushrooms at the same time?
A Yes. They may not be all the same size, but should all be harvested together
Q: How long will my harvest keep in the fridge?
A: Freshly harvested mushrooms will keep well up to a week or more when refrigerated. Keep them in a paper bag, or covered with a paper towel. Sealing them in plastic will cause them to get soggy and accelerate spoilage.
Q: What should I do with my harvest?
A: Butter. Saute them in butter, with white wine and minced shallots or garlic, but mostly butter. The fat and salt enhance the flavor tremendously. If butter’s not your thing, use your cooking oil of choice.
Q: Should I eat my mushrooms raw?
A: We recommend cooking them. They taste better and are actually more bio-available and nutritious for you after they have been cooked. Mushrooms cell walls are made of chitin, which our stomach cannot breakdown. Cooking dissolves the cell walls making the nutrients available to our bodies.
Q: Should I grow my kit outside? Or in the dark?
A: We recommend growing it inside. The mycelium in the kit smells sweet to insects and mites. Growing indoors will prevent your hard earned harvest from getting nibbled by them. We also recommend kits be placed in indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight is too strong and may dry them out.