Nowadays, people are getting more health-conscious because many are having a health problem like obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol level, etc. Even animals are being infected with different kinds of diseases. With this, we need to change our lifestyle and look for alternatives.
Before, a mushroom grows wild in nature, believed to be ” flowers of thunderbolt and lightning” since they usually appear a day or two after heavy rain and thunderstorm.
Truth is, we don’t need to wait for thunderstorms and lightning to have a mushroom. We can have it grow inside our house or backyards.
Our agricultural department is encouraging our farmers to do this as an alternative to farming since mushroom is readily available all year round through culture, a method of cultivation using spawn inoculation.
It can be grown in various ways using inexpensive industrial and agricultural waste material like sawdust, rice barn, cotton waste, banana leaves, etc. The bio-conversion of these materials would definitely help reduce pollution and waste disposal, produce food, generate employment and improve the standard of living of people.
There are really good potentials in mushroom farming such as Health Benefits, Low Capital Needed, Skills easily acquired, and Environmental Friendly.
However, there are also challenges in mushroom farming such as:
- Contaminants due to unclean area, incomplete sterilization, and pasteurization
- Pests such as mites, rats, maggots, mosquito, cockroaches, and ants.
- Factors affecting the growth like temperature, light, humidity, food, and air.
I’m going to share with you the journey of the fruiting bags of my oyster mushroom that I store under the lavatory.
It started on the bottle where I put the specimen of a mushroom and started to scattered for 5 days as seen in the second picture. Then it is ready to transfer the seeds on the fruiting bag which is the composition of agricultural waste materials. The third Photo, after 7 days you can see the fungus stems starting to spread. The fourth photo, after 2 weeks the stems reached half of the fruiting bag. Fifth photo, completely covered with fungus.
Then, at last, the pinheads are out. It grows overnight and ready to harvest the next day. It was an exciting experience to grow an organic oyster mushroom in our household.
It was an exciting experience to grow an organic oyster mushroom in our household.
The good thing about this is that it bears fruit every day for up to 3 months and the health benefits that it has which are:
Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals
Rich in Calcium, Iron and Zinc
Low in Calories and Cholesterol Content
Anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, Antibiotic, Anti-viral and Stimulate the immune system.
I am so excited to experiment with the different menus with this healthy oyster mushroom.
Here’s also the list of products for enterprise and recipe that kids will love.
By: Rosette Laqui