Shitake Log – the ultimate science experiment

‘What have you got now?’ asks my husband as I weave my way back through the market stalls and across to where he is sitting next to our bikes.

I bite my lip, trying not to smile, ‘It’s a Shitake Log,’ I grin, brandishing it aloft so he can see and nearly taking out a tourist to my right.

Okay, so I know very little about mushrooms, but how hard can it be?  I cycle home with the log, sticking out of my pannier, feeling very proud of myself.  My girls, thankfully, are equally thrilled, together we carry the log upstairs, run it a cold bath and submerge it for the requisite 24 hours.  After that, we are to take it outside and leave there, to do its thing.  Now this, this is an activity designed for our house!  No watering, no feeding, no maintenance of any kind.

And to be fair, a week later, it still hasn’t quite made it outside, I’m just about to, I swear, but there are already mushrooms growing.  Yesterday it was just little white stumps, today, there are little brown caps.  My daughters are busily taking photos and drawing pictures.

This has got to be the best 12 euro I’ve ever spent! We’ve already had hours of entertainment and we haven’t even tasted anything yet!

How to make your own


Where to Buy:

Ask your local mushroom grower at the farmers market!

Amsterdam – Noordemarkt



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