CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 14 Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Page 149

Frazier, Sparta Mushrooms’ farm manag- er, about the process and came away un- derstanding the fungus among us in a new way. Here’s How It Goes Down the sawdust • After that, the bags are allowed to cool to room temperature inside a clean lab Inoculation! Prep Work! • First, they hydrate the sawdust and add organic wheat bran • They then fill load it into bags with mi croporous filter patches and steam ster ilize the bags to kill off molds and bac teria, which would compete with the mushrooms they’re trying to grow on • Next, the sawdust is inoculated with the desired mushroom tissue. • The bags are sealed and kept at 75° F to incubate until the sawdust has com- pletely been colonized by by the mush- room mycelium (this takes between 3-9 weeks depending on the species being grown) Why should you eat more mushrooms? Besides the fact that mushrooms are de- licious, they are incredibly nutritious. In fact, mushrooms are pretty packed with goodness and generally contain lots of se- lenium, B vitamins, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc, folate, and potassium. I had no idea until chatting with Kevin that they are also a pretty good source of pro- tein as well. Of course, you may need to eat a lot of them, but that is no problem.