Mushroom Gourmet

Edible fungi to grow at home:

STARTER KITS for traditional button or flat mushrooms and also oyster mushrooms, can be bought 7 days a week from your local garden centre. Bulk standing orders leave Monday, spawn starter packs leave early and midweek. Please note as of 19/04/2022 there are still instances of slow transit times with all couriers in some areas at some times.

Mushroom Gourmet STARTER KITS are unique. No rush to start them or worry about fitting around jobs and trips away. Setting up is done only when convenient for you or the recipient. Enjoy the whole amazing process from start to finish with the roots of action starting in just a few days.

If you have bought a kit and would also like the 'Growing Mushrooms' booklet sent with your spawn, you can claim a 50% discount with the digital download. Just order the book and put the kit voucher number in the 'comments' panel of the order form. Leave the rest to us and you'll get exclusive NZ based information on growing a range of fungi in no time!

Growing Mushrooms Book/Thumb Drive

Check out our 54 page A5 booklet of easy ‘how to grow’ information, recipes, interesting facts, and ways to maintain cultures for home growers, schools, hobbyists... Beginner or experienced, young or old there's something for all — Click here for more details.

Field or Shop Mushrooms

Traditional Field/Shop Mushrooms, with the taste and freshness you get with home grown!

Also called Agaricus, Portobello, Chestnut, Button or Field Mushrooms. Grow button or flat shape, straight from the STARTER KIT. It all depends on the stage you pick them at! Freshly picked field mushrooms are sweet, juicy and tasty. Big brown or white flat portobellos are great on the BBQ or grilled. Be surprised as each type pops up- It's a real treat to watch and eat your own naturally grown mushrooms and you also learn how to grow more at home with compost recipes and tricks for home growing included. Add valuable nutrients to your garden or pots when finished! Available all year.

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms- super flexible eating, fast, easy grow

Great for new mushroom growers. Get growing quickly with the STARTER KIT, then if you want, learn how to spread the culture into logs, straw, coffee waste and wood chips. Strains have been selected over decades for good qualities to suit NZ conditions. Watch nature in action from day 2 as the Mushroom Gourmet spawn explodes into life in front of your eyes. From the tiniest beginning to picking, you enjoy your own handiwork as Nature prepares to put food on your plate! Easy-Grow 100%NZ sawdust logs available at all times. Cut and watch- such an easy project, quick to fruit AND you can expand it out to grow more at home. Taste the Goodness! NB the kit or part of it can be used instead of dowels to inoculate logs!

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms- Great flavour and goodness

Sought after for its great flavour, texture and health benefits. The brown cap and white flecks of our strains make attractive mushrooms. Grow from freshly cut logs of deciduous trees eg oak, poplar, birch, beech or maple. It's an easy beginner project and quick to fruit with the rapid Mushroom Gourmet spawn being a fascinating watch as it leaps into action from day 2. Expand out to grow more at home if you wish. NB you can use all or part of the kit to inoculate logs without using dowels. Ask for spawn to use with your Oyster Mushroom Starter pack

Shaggy Mane or Ink Cap

Shaggy Inkcap- A wild thing!

A garden friendly strain which fruits readily on compost and healthy organic soils from Autumn through summer. An interesting fungus to observe and a treat to eat. It can be grown indoors or set free in the garden where it can fruit from 6-26C if soil is moist. Ask for spawn to go with your Button Mushroom Starter Pack

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A bit about Mushroom Gourmet

Since 1993 Mushroom Gourmet has been selecting the most suitable cultures, and developing ever simpler growing techniques to make it as easy as possible to grow mushrooms and edible fungi for Food, Health, Fun, and Extra Income. From the evidence we have seen over many decades, eating fresh mushrooms and fresh veges is a great combination for natural health and well-being.

Up until the mid 1980's Tim had been involved in teaching and business, but finding delicious wild oyster mushrooms on a fallen cabbage tree triggered an earlier passion for mushroom growing. A farm was set up and soon selling endemic oyster mushrooms and portobellos to organic food co-ops, specialist grocers, supermarkets and wholesalers.

We are thrilled to start our mushrooms growing in NZ, on ingredients from our 100% local suppliers. We prefer to choose certified organic or sourced from wild by producers we know care about the NZ environment.

Buying NZ sourced is a great way to make a stand for the health of our families, our soil, atmosphere, rivers and local jobs.

Mushrooms have many similarites to humans such as breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide and they invented recycling so let's give 'em the good stuff to grow on and eventually pass on to our soil community.

If Low Food Miles is as important to you as it is to us, you can relax in the knowledge that we support locally sourced wherever possible.

Mushroom Gourmet's unique kits of tried and true favourites let you grow indoors, outdoors, at home, in school or on a farm. They are carefully designed so you can see the process and become familiar with this great way of gardening. Mushroom Gourmet packs are a good size and strain for experimental indoor growing with clear photos, Quick Steps and further background including sensible health and safety tips. "It's great to see everything from the beginning, and surprisingly quick".

Going step by step generates great interest and satisfaction as the mysterious mushroom mycelium grows through several stages from almost nothing to something to admire and of course eat and grow more!

Research into anti-oxidants like ergothioneine and glutathione and polysaccharides like beta glucans seem to suggest it is a good idea to have a variety of mushrooms and vegetables daily. We like growing our own to get a reliable and more economical way of getting these nutraceuticals in a complete form recognised by nature and recognised by our bodies.

Mushroom Gourmet Kits mean you have no long and smelly compost making, or sterilising with pressure cookers. This means an easier, but still hands-on introduction to most of the stages of mushroom growing. If you develop an irresistable desire to grow more we include free instructions on how to make the compost and grow from raw materials. By completing a kit you will already have developed many important skills and understandings. Growing edible fungi could be the beginning of a career, a business, a course of study or a fun pastime. Every year there are more amazing develpments such as packaging and insulation made from mycelium, alternative food textures, medicinal compounds, flavourings, condiments, snacks, nutraceuticals, cosmetics, soap, brain research and synapse repair and quite a few areas that are still at the experimental stage.

Grow your own edible fungi to supplement your diet and income without using chemicals while recycling by-products from on or off your property. The site is for NZ customers, but you may buy gifts from overseas for NZ residents and use Paypal to pay.

The STARTER kits below are available at most garden centres all year round. Discover more in the Gift Pack with Thumb Drive book and extra information package for our NZ conditions.

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Have you seen the movie of the moment for fungal lovers? Check it out FANTASTIC FUNGI Amazing photography, interesting concepts and ideas.

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Redeem Your Voucher

Our Oyster Mushroom and Field Mushroom STARTER PACKS 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.

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"Happy Customers"

“ it's been fun to grow and eat the mushrooms so thank you very much- KB 2021 The EasyGrow Shiitake sawdust log Great kits and I have been using a bunch of them already. =) Hi guys, parcel arrived this morning. Thanks for the awesome service. Have a merry xmas. Cheers KF Oamaru-.... 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-.... ....I have found the course information fantastic and really easy to follow. AP 2019 ..... thanks for the advice. With 3 nights in the fridge the mushrooms started to grow an the 5th day. The first flush was sufficient for 3 meals. Flavour: excellent. Will now try the transfer method for a new culture and get the second flush started. G+W Charteris Bay.... Hi Tim I have been meaning to say thanks for the mushroom kit. Quite a bit of work but fascinating to see them grow over the winter under our sink and ended up having a good feed. Warm wishes Jack H Lower Hutt .... Hi Tim, I just wanted to say Ive had a chance to play with that new culture and its growing happy and healthy and clean! Thank you so much again for all the effort you put in, its greatly appreciated. Cheers, CS Ellerslie .... hi another order,, the first order you sent is going excellent , so ive decided to try another sort.. .excellent easy to deal with.. rapt dealing with your products...excellent as always. NH Paeroa-.... The mycelium was very quick to colonise the bag, and the fruits were huge AS Auckland-... Hi Tim, I am thoroughly enjoying the small business course. I spent the weekend getting my shed cleaned up and ready..SL 2019

We're ready to send you everything you need to start a new hobby or build on what you know. NZ Mushroom Growers since 1979: researching, sharing cultures, providing growing materials since 1993

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