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Books...Books...Books...

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We are happy to announce that we have some fantastic new books available at Asheville Fungi. We wanted to highlight them on the blog because, well...the are really quite incredible! I'm excited about this! So, let's get started...   Mushroom HuntersLangdon Cook The author, Langdon Cook, follows the journey of some of America's mushroom hunters. He brings us into the secret world of America's Mushroom Hunters. Langdon documents their adventures as well as exploring the science and lore of edible fungi. This enlightening book examines more than just mushrooms though. You will gain a greater understanding of "human behavior, economics,...

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How to: Inoculate Logs by Mushroom Species

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Here are the Basics Log Selection: Logs must be cut from healthy living trees. NO ROT AT ALL! Plugging your logs must take place zero to two months from the date that the tree was felled, but the sooner the better. Best time of the year to cut is winter into spring when the trees are completely dormant. However, you can inoculate at any time during the winter months. Keep the bark undamaged and as intact as possible. Keep the logs clean and off the ground by stacking on a crate or scraps of wood.   Log Type: Suitable wood...

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Mushrooms and Drought

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Mushrooms & Drought The mountains of Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas are experiencing a major drought. With Asheville being just an hour from a temperate rainforest, we are used to getting a pretty decent amount of rain here. Some fear that extreme drought conditions might kill mushroom mycelium in the forest. Fungi is extremely resilient though. Mycelial networks can reach deep into the soil profiles to access water. Fungal hyphae are able to survive in extremely dry conditions by hydraulically lifting water to the surface. Nature is awesome...because the more extreme the drought, the GREATER the hyphal biomass! ...

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Shiitake Mushrooms: Food & Medicine

Medicinal Benefits Shiitake is not just delicious, but also incredibly medicinal.  It has been found to have strong antimicrobial & antibacterial effects as well as being a natural source of antioxidants. Shiitake is also believed to be able to reduce the growth of cancerous tumors. Here is the full list of all known reported therapeutic effects:  Antitumor, immunomodulation, antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, cardiovascular, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, hemaglutinating, and antioxidant. Bioactives: 12 different polysaccarides, 37 different enzymes, eritadenine, ergosterol, B12, and many more.* Try our Shiitake Tincture to start reaping the benefits of this fantastic mushroom today! Culinary Uses * Dried (sliced...

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Vine Ripe Nutrition

Photo by Denise Barratt A blog post about a blog post is a thing right?  Well, if it's not it should be.  We recently had the pleasure of meeting Denise Barratt, at one of our local holiday markets.  She had a booth near ours and was there promoting her book "Farm Fresh Nutrition," and talking about her services as a Registered Dietitian.  Well, she recently did a blog post on Asheville Fungi.  She created two fantastic recipes with some of our wonderful mushrooms.  Check out her delicious (and nutritious) website and blog here... ****************************************************************************** All Photos and content from here on...

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