Edible fungi you can grow at home:
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The mushroom of choice for beginners and new mushroom growers, for home or market. We can quickly get you growing on logs, straw, coffee waste and wood chips with our fresh spawn bred over decades to suit the unique conditions in NZ. Best of all, you can be picking in as little as 2 weeks!
Sought after in the Asian market. Great flavour and texture especially when grown on your own wood, and is renown for its health benefits. It has a brown cap and white gills. Grow it from freshly cut logs of deciduous trees such as oak, poplar, birch, beech, maple or order a prepared log for a great gift or easy project.
Also called Agaricus or Field Mushrooms, they are white or brown depending on the strain and, button or flat shape, depending on the stage you pick them at. Freshly picked field mushrooms are sweet, juicy and tasty. Big Brown Flats are great on the BBQ or grilled!
A stunning New Zealand mushroom isolated from poplar and plane trees. It has an unusually large veil that hangs down like a skirt. This mushroom is also known as Tawaka in New Zealand. Recommended if you enjoy a strong savoury, meaty-mushroom flavour.
This amazingly beautiful and ‘robust’ garden giant is usually wine red in colour and 5–30cm across. It likes to grow on straw, compost, sawdust, mulch or wood chips. Yields of many kilograms per square metre are possible if your soil is well mulched.
A wild clone from North-West Auckland which fruits readily on compost from Autumn through to early summer. An interesting fungus to observe and a treat to eat, it grows on the same medium as field mushrooms but fruits earlier.
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Welcome to Mushroom Gourmet!
Happy New Year to all. Due to seasonal freight delays there will be no more mail outs from us until Monday 9th January. Since 1993 we have been supplying New Zealand with mushroom spawn, and teaching our customers how to grow mushrooms and edible fungi for Food, Health, Fun, and Extra Income. Kits with everything included can be grown indoors, outdoors, at home, at school or on your lifestyle block.
There's something for all skill levels — from beginner kits and gift packs to regular bulk spawn supply and there's a course on setting up your own small business. For educators, there are single demo or class packs with full growing instructions. To supplement the instructions we can supply powerpoint or CD format information.
There are many ways and reasons to grow your own edible fungi — it’s a lifestyle choice, supplementing your diet and income, while recycling waste materials from on or off your property. It’s also a fascinating process for people young and old to observe and learn about. The site is for NZ customers, but you may buy gifts from overseas for NZ residents and use Paypal to pay. The kits below are available at most garden centres. Updated 22 Dec 2016
Redeem Your Voucher
Our Oyster and Field Mushroom kits are available from most garden stores nationwide – these include a voucher code to redeem which will get the spawn part of the kit sent to you. If you have purchased one of these, click on the button below to redeem your voucher.
“Just wanted to let you know that my mushroom kit is a great success. I have oyster mushrooms sprouting all over the bag. Really pleased.”
– Cristine – Paraparaumu, 2011
“Growing the oyster mushrooms was great fun for the whole family. They seem to be relatively easy to grow in hay. We loved to watch the spawning. We grew them in our garage. I have previously purchased a kit from Palmers, and kept it regenerating for well over 10 cycles”
– T.H. – Whangarei, August 2010
“The mycelium was very quick to colonise the bag, and the fruits were huge.”
– A.S. – Auckland