Since we first started selling our Pink and White Oyster Mushroom
Factories, we have had lots of queries about Button Mushrooms. The
good news is that after much research and testing - Ke Nako! We
have produced a limited number of White Button Mushroom Factories
which are on sale from 23 June 2011.
Due to their relatively short shelf life they are only available directly from us at markets:
Bryanston Organic Market
(9am-3pm Thursdays & Saturdays)
Michael Mount Waldorf School
Pirates Sports Club
4th Avenue Ext
Arts on Main
264 Fox St
City & Suburban Johannesburg
Starting Your Kit
Activating your kit is easy, just follow the simple instructions
that come with your kit. Our Button Mushroom Factories require different conditions to our
Oyster Mushroom Kits but growing them is just as fun and easy. These
Button Mushroom Factories yield approximately 1.2kgs of Mushrooms
over 2 flushes (3 if you are lucky!).
Looking After Your Kit
Button Mushroom yields are highly dependant on the temperature.
The ideal temperature for our kits is 17C, but 2C degrees either
way will still yield good results. If in doubt get a thermometer
and test various areas in your house for the best place to keep
your White Button Mushroom Factory. Your kit does not need to be
kept in the dark but KEEP IT OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT!
TIP: We have found that cupboards often make great places
to keep your White Button Mushroom Factory; They are dark and their
temperatures are often within the ideal range between 15C and 19C.
The surface of the kit should always be moist (but not wet). Mist
your kit with the supplied mister at least twice a day. It is important
not to let your kit dry out, as your mushrooms will not grow. Be
careful not to over water as this kit has no drainage system and
excessive water build up will kill the growing mushrooms.
DO NOT COVER THE TOP OF THE KIT – this will limit the air
circulation and will cause long stringy mushrooms.
What To Expect From Your Kit
DAY 7-14 After staring your kit you will notice the mushroom
mycelium beginning to grow into the casing.
DAY 12-14 You will notice little pin-like heads begin to
form on the casing. Mushrooms will grow anywhere on the casing,
sometimes individually and sometimes in big clumps.
DAY 17-21 If grown between 15C-19C and you have kept your
casing moist your mushrooms are ready to harvest.
Harvesting Your Crop
Harvest your mushrooms by gently twisting and then gently pulling
them out of the casing- try not to disturb the other mushrooms.
In 1-4 weeks another crop of mushrooms should start to appear -
continue to mist during this time.
Remember these instructions are general guideline for setting up
your kit; while every care has been in the production of this kit,
growing temperatures and the attention you give your kit will affect
the success of your kit.
The humble button mushroom is rich in anti-oxidants- this means
it helps boost your body’s immune system.
Mushrooms are also a great source of vitamins B1, B2 and B6, folic
acid, niacin, iron, and potassium.
White button mushrooms also contain almost no fat, very few kilojoules
and no cholesterol.
How to use your harvest
Delicious both raw and cooked - this mushroom is perfect for everything
from salads to pizza, stir-fries and side dishes - it is the most
versatile mushroom of them all.
Happy growing and happy eating!