Not only do shiitake mushrooms enhance the flavor of many dishes, they are also known for their medicinal properties, including research concluding immune-function increase, and they are often used in Japan as a complementary alternative medicine by cancer patients.
Size: 2 to 5 inches in diameter.
Sunlight requirements: Keep between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water requirements: Water meter should read between 35 and 45 percent until fruiting begins.
Soil requirements: Do not place in soil; mushroom will decompose.
When to plant: Inoculate in the spring, after last frost.
Where to plant: On an oak log.
When to harvest: 6 to 12 months after inoculation.
Product storage: Refrigerate fresh mushrooms for up to a month; dry and store for up to two years.