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Earvest Hints: Mushrooms should be harvested when the caps are convex. Since the stems elongate muchTn th san n lerasEno* e (Flammulina velutipes), the harvest method is similar. Out

Figure 214. H. capnoides fruiting from sterilized hardwood sawdust doors, this mushroom forms clusters, often wiffi several dozen mushrooms arising from a common base.

Form of Product Sold to Market: Not yet marketed. Nutritional Content: Not known to tl is authcr.

Medicinal Properties: Given this species' woodland habitat and success in combating competitors, I think H. capnoides should be carefully examined for its anti-bacterial and medicinal properdes.

Flavor, Preparation & Cooking: Nutty and excellent in stir fries, See recipes in Chapter 24.

Comments: High yielding strains of Hypholoma capnoides for indoor cultivation have not yet been developed. I hope readers will clone wild specimens, especially those forming unusually large clusters and screen for commercially viable strains. At present, this mushroom is better grown outdoors than indoors. Hypholoma capnoides is one of the few gourmet mushrooms adaptive to cultivation on conifer stumps and logs. Once sawdust spawn is implanted into fresh cuts via wedge or sandwich inoculation techniques, rhizomorphs soon form. Large diameter stumps and logs have been known to produce crops every season for more than a decade. Agri-foresters should carefully consider the judicious use of this fungus in design:-ig polyculture models.

Indoor strategies closely mimic the methods used forEnoki-take: stems elongate in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels and cap development is influenced both by light and carbon dioxide. As a base-line, and until more information is accumulated, I recommend pursuing a parallel cultivation strategy.

figure 215. Classic progression of the gyc¡M of H. sutlateritium. The mycelium is whitish at first, soon sf :kled and eventuaUy rusty brown in color.

Introduction- A favorite of Midwest mushroom hunters, great lusters of this species are often

S53ÊS, especially stur 3S ogs,and! il, 1C_in wood debns. The Japanese have pioneerecfcuUh ,on u ng techniques imilartc Shiitake./^ ol relient cai idate for recychng stumps In Japan, a prefenad outdoor method is to inoculate n. ^^thenV ally buried it y,. aural setti g s. Fairly productive indoors, this mushroom has yet to be cultivated commercially in North America. Common Names: Kuntake (Japanese forThe Chestnut Mushroom) EnckTop RedWoodlover

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