How Mushrooms Grow

The mighty mushroom has a unique and fascinating production process. Grown indoors on a year-round cycle, mushrooms always pack a nutritious punch into your favorite meals. Before they make their way to your plate, mushrooms go through a growing process in a highly controlled environment unlike that of any other produce item.


Mushroom Growing Process

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the journey of the incredible fungi.

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Raw Materials

The substrate provides a nutritional balance of organic material to serve as a growth medium for mushrooms.

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Spawning

Mushroom spawn, purchased from commercial labs, is mixed with the substrate.

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Bedding

The mushroom spawn mixture is transferred to several hundred beds or trays.

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Casing and Pinning

Casing, made of peat moss, is spread over the mushroom bed serving as a reservoir to hold in moisture. During the pinning stage, “pins” of mushrooms push up through the casing.

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Harvesting

Mushrooms are harvested by hand throughout a 16-35 day cycle.

Fungi Growing Facts

Mushrooms grow indoors
24/7/365

Unlike green plants,
mushrooms don’t need
light to grow

Mushrooms double in
size every day

Time Lapse: Mushrooms Growing

Watch the fascinating fungi growing process over just six days!

Growing the Varieties

Mushrooms are one of the most uniquely grown produce

Download Variety Growing PDF

  • Connect with other mushroom lovers

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    • Mushrooms are the ideal pass around. 🍄 Though these Spinach, Swiss and Duxelle Stuffed Mushrooms may be gone before they make it out of the kitchen! 😋
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#Repost @katiebarreira Another day, another mushroom! Spinach, Swiss and duxelle stuffed creminis. #stuffedmushrooms #mushrooms #mushroomcouncil #cremini #yum #yummy #tasty #delicious #feedfeed #cheese #spinach #appetizer #snack #snacks
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#Repost @dunlavyhouston Over the past month, we’ve had a blast participating in the @beardfoundation’s #blendedburgerproject! If you haven’t yet, come try and vote for our mushroom blended burger - only a few weeks left!! #burger #blendedburger #dunlavyhouston #myfab5 #houstoneats #chefsofthedunlavy #mushrooms #tomatoes #whitehurstfarms #houstondairymaids #blendedburgerproject #jamesbeardfoundation
    • Cut your calorie intake by blending chopped mushrooms with ground meat in your favorite recipes. Give it a whirl with this Mediterranean-inspired meatball recipe that combines earthy mushrooms and flavorful lamb for the perfect party app.
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    • #DYK that July is #NationalBisonMonth? Bison meat's gentle flavor pairs well with earthy mushrooms. Combine ground bison with chopped mushrooms in this flavorful Shawarma bowl!
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#Repost @skinnypignyc Some burgers deserve to be put on a pedestal...and this New Yorker burger from @sixtyfivenyc at the @rainbowroomnyc is one of them. Really enjoyed the flavors on this beast and it’s one of the contestants in the @beardfoundation Blended Burger Project. A new movement striving to make burgers better by blending ground meat with mushrooms to create a more sustainable way to eat your burgers (not to mention a touch healthier). You can vote for your favorite in the link in my bio! Runs til July 11th. 🍔🍄
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And because I like to be honest with my posts, I will say that the only miss for me were the bits and pieces that look like pulled pork on top. They are NOT pulled pork and I guess I was a little sad about that. Too chewy. The Whiskey-brined pickle aioli, the Everything bun and the cherry tomato “raisins” were the real winners here anyway. 👌🏻🍔🍄🐷 #BlendedBurgerProject #contest #skinnypignyc #burger #jamesbeardfoundation #blenditarian
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