Category: Cultures and spawn

February King Stropharia mayhem!!

We got a great tip from our friend Claire about a large stand of King Stropharia fruiting on the plateau behind the Dandenongs on mass. Upon arriving at the location the size (both in terms of amount and in terms of size of some of these mushrooms) literally blew our minds! King Stropharia fruiting wild/feral in the Victorian summer like you wouldn’t believe. And some sensational tasting specimens! We’ve cloned a few of these beautiful mushrooms and it will be interesting to see how Stropharia rugosoannulata gembrookii performs in grow experiments. Dinner was...

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Lentinula lateritia – the Australian native Shiitake

Davenwolf Dagger has done it again – this time managing to not only find the elusive native Aussie Shiitake species – Lentinula lateritia (which we recently confirmed matched phylogenetic type specimens 100%) but he has also managed to take these awesome photos and clone the mushroom! In terms of edibility this species is actually farmed in South-East Asia as a food source. Jsun from Mushroaming states that they taste very similar to conventional Shiitake. We have also spoken to several other sources who have eaten this species. For more detail please check out Jsun’s awesome blog at: Lentinula lateritia...

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King Stropharia update

Recently we noticed our new batches of King Stropharia were seeming a little sluggish. Nothing terrible, but just not quite as vigorous as they had been previously. So in the last few months we have been going back to old back up strains to find the most vigorous. Thankfully the strain we have revived seems more aggressive than the previous one we had been using. This strain is now on agar and being run on spawn and we should (finally, thanks for your patience) have bags up and running again in about 3-4 weeks. Mega sorry for the delays....

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Successful outdoor fruiting of Lepista sordida – the lilac blewit

Easter Sunday we were excited to see a nice first flush of Lepista sordida (confirmed via DNA) – a small tester bag of colonised rye grass seed and sawdust innoculated with grain spawn. This was buried in a shady and overgrown flowerbed about an inch under soil and eucy mulch in Feb. The smell and flavour of these little blewits was quite unusual – floral and potent. A very exciting easter surprise. We are now selling plates of this species and will also be soon stocking these and king stropharia grow bags to simplify...

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Website ordering problems resolved

Member Login Username: Password: Hi everyone – we are pleased to announce that the problems with the ordering page on our website have been resolved. Thanks for your patience. We aimed to reopen on 1 November but this delayed things. We have cancelled the paypal option for payment as our paypal account was recently hacked. Here are some pictures of the ultra lilac mycelium of Lepista sordida....

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Feral Blue Oysters – A Selby surprise

Walking my dog the other morning we came upon a surprise – a massive bunch of Blue Oysters (possibly Pleurotus ostreatus var. columbinus) growing off mulch pushed behind a treated pine retaining wall. Clearly someone in the area has at some stage been growing these and they have gone feral. This was right near Sherbrooke Forest, Selby. They looked amazing and smelled much more aniseedy than I have noticed with homegrown oysters. Clones were taken and our feral oyster will most likely be an exciting new addition to our culture library. Another surprise was a big flush of one of...

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Lepista sordida (the lilac blewit)

An interesting petite native Lepista that we recently confirmed – via DNA extraction and sequencing – to be Lepista sordida sourced from a wild collection from New South Wales, this mushroom looks ideal for an easy to cultivate Lepista species. We originally presumed this was Lepista sublilacina (which can only be differentiated from sordida via an examination of its spores) but DNA has confirmed it is actually sordida which is a known edible species found normally in Europe and the United States. In culture this species is almost as aggressive as oyster mushrooms – with incredibly fast and thick...

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King Stropharia are finally on their way!

Well its taken a while and the last six months have been pretty crazy with the arrival of our new little one, but we now have 35 spawn bags of King Stropharia just about ready to go. At Selby Shrooms we test all our strains before sale and with King Stropharia we’ve had some interesting experiences but we have now whittled our strains down to two outstanding strains, one of which pins on agar and may even fruit without casing. We will now be selling only these two strains in petri dish cultures for $25, 1/2 pint spawn jars...

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Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda)

Selby Shroom’s favourite mushroom – the wood blewit is an magnificent looking species with lilac gills, a meaty mottled lilac stem, a strong margin and a viscid lilac to brown cap. In Selby this mushroom can appear solitary or in large patches below dogwood, Messmate stringybark forest where it appears with a very brown cap, or under pine trees where it seems to produce a milder cap colour and less distinct fruity odour. Some seasons they barely appear at all; other years they appear in abundance. They are a late winter mushroom – seeming to flush when the others are...

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Agaricus bitorquis – the pavement mushroom

Agaricus bitorquis  Often called the pavement mushroom or the conifer agaricus, this mushroom is actually quite closely related to your standard, typical supermarket button mushroom. It tends to prefer warmer weather, although these were found fruiting below a stand of conifers breaking through a compacted layer of gravel in the middle of June. Bright pink gills, a prominent annular ring and a solid, hard consistency were noted, with strong aromas and flavours of rich typical mushroom. In taste and smell this mushroom is quite similar to a meaty, more flavourful store-bought mushroom but its seems much more forgiving in...

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Coprinus comatus (The Shaggymane)

Often forgotten in favour of more popular species, the Shaggymane is still an impressive culinary gourmet mushroom in its own right, although its habit of disintegrating into an inky mass on spoiling makes the viability of long-term storage extremely poor. Due to its high water content, this mushroom tends to add liquid to many dishes. With a consistency and flavour not unlike scrambled eggs, mixed together with a bit of butter on toast on a Sunday morning this mushroom holds its own. Selby shrooms cultivate this mushroom organically on spent compost from April to September each year and can...

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King Stropharia – Wine Cap – Stropharia rugosoannulata

The King Stropharia is a massive, meaty, burgundy-capped mushroom that grows traditionally in temperate regions of the United States and Northern New Zealand in Spring. It is also becoming increasingly common in Australia particularly in New South Wales. Characterised by its wood chip substrate and its sometimes massive size, this mushroom has an interesting flavour similar to potatoes or perhaps ‘deb’ potatoes and it is amazingly versatile in the kitchen. We currently stock one very impressive King Stropharia strains named ‘3’ that was isolated from a Washington state source. It is an excellent performer both indoors and outside. This is...

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