Observation 27798: Lentinula edodes (Berk.) Pegler

Obtained from Ed Foy, chairman of the Oregon Mycological Society’s Cultivation Group, on Oct. 18, 2009 at the Oregon Mycological Society’s Fall Mushroom Show. These 2-liter blocks were created in late September, and are now fruiting well. Don’t ask where the collection has gone: I am eating them as fast as I can.

Pileus: to 4.5 inches diameter, with whitish scales near edge of cap; Stipe: mostly equal but enlarging slightly where attached to substrate (alder sawdust and 10% bran), fairly tough in older specimens; Gills: white, serrated liks the teeth of a saw; Odor: of shiitake (difficult for me to describe, but pleasant, meaty, slightly sharp.

I purchased 4 bags of Lentinula edodes to inoculate oak logs from my Easter Red oak, which I girdled Aug. 12. Have recently had a professional tree pruner top and remove most of the remaining tops/limbs I was unable to access from my home’s flat roof. Introduced red squirrels have chewed many of the branches to assist in their moving along the limbs and through this tree from an Italian spruce-pine to a nearby English walnut, which is so heavily predated upon that I didn’t see any walnuts this year at all.

One bag broken apart should produce sufficient spawn for me to inoculate via end-inoculation at least 30-40 short bed logs of 15-20 inches in length. I anticipate using another bag of either Pleurotus pulmonarius or Lentinula edodes to colonize the tall stump (first remaining branches about 15 feet high) for future meals. I’m interested to see how well this will work. Intend to inoculate the girdled base of the trunk and allow the fungus to be drawn upward as the tree gradually dried out while standing. Tree still had leaves on it Nov. 2 when I had the pruners take down the Italian spruce-pine and remaining Eastern Red oak.

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