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.

box1

Raw Materials

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

box2

Spawning

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

box3

Bedding

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

box2

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, β€œpins” of mushrooms push up through the casing.

box3

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

    @mushroomcouncil

    • Easy Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy vs. Avocado and Farro Harvest Buddha Bowl. πŸ„ Who will win this round of #MushroomMadness? Head over to our Twitter page (@mushroomcouncil) for a chance to #win prizes!
    • DYK? Only 1.8 gallons of water is required to produce one pound of mushrooms, making this delicious fungi an earth-friendlier choice for #WorldWaterDay!
    • This #MushroomMadness dish is full of healthy veggies and crimini-pork #blenditarian meatballs. What could be better than that? .
.
RECIPE πŸ‘‰ BLENDITARIAN.COM
    • Fun(gi) fact: During the growing process, mushrooms double in size every day.
    • Fuel your Tuesday with these veggie-heavy Marinated Mushroom Bowls with Lentils and Wild Rice.
.
This recipe is part of our #MushroomMadness competition! Want to know more? Head over to our Facebook and Twitter! Psst...there are #prizes involved!
.
.
RECIPE πŸ„ MUSHROOMCOUNCIL.COM
    • Get in 6 IU of vitamin D per 3-ounces of this popular mushroom variety! Can you tell us which it is? #NationalNutritionMonth