Fungi in the kitchen
Mushrooms are probably the fungi that people know best, especially the champignon. You might even have some in your fridge right now. As part of our diet, they are nutritious and tasty. Read and learn more about the mushrooms you eat, or try to grow your own oyster mushrooms!
Why are fungi good in the kitchen?
Activity: Grow your own oyster mushrooms
Fortunately, you do not need to go out and pay a lot of money for mushrooms. Growing your own oyster mushrooms in used coffee grounds is both entertaining and educational. It is always exciting to reuse our waste so that we can get the most out of it. When growing in coffee grounds, oyster mushrooms use the beneficial nutrients found in the coffee. Read further and test your own skill — in a month’s time you should be having delicious oyster mushrooms for lunch!
This is what you need:
- Fungal mycelium (can be purchased at many places, including BeyondCoffee)
- Circa ½ liter fresh coffee grounds
- A water sprayer
- Yogurt pot
- Masking tape
1) The coffee grounds and mycelium are mixed
First of all, a couple of round holes circa 1 cm in diameter are cut in the top of the lid and around the sides of the pot, and these are covered by masking tape so the fungus can still breathe and has a place from which to grow. Mycelium and coffee grounds are mixed well and placed in the bottom of the container. It is important that your hands and the pot are clean, so that no undesirable bacteria come into contact with the coffee grounds. It is also important that the coffee grounds and mycelium are well mixed! Keep the container at room temperature.
2) Mycelium grows in the coffee grounds
The mycelium now begins to grow and you can see the coffee grounds become completely white with fungal mycelium! When the surface starts to become white, pour a new layer of coffee grounds on top and continue until the container is full (circa 3-4 weeks).
3) And so it is served!
When the container is completely full with white coffee grounds, the tape is removed and the container placed in the light. Fungi love damp, so it is important to water them with the sprayer every day. During the course of a week, small oyster mushrooms should grow! When they have grown to a large size, you can harvest them. And so it is served!