Nameko

About – A great all purpose mushroom, with a slightly nutty flavor. This is the second most popular mushroom in Japan, but is only just now making headway in the US. This is a good sized brown mushroom, best picked when the caps are just fully open.

Culinary Use – Great in soups, stews, casseroles and vegetarian dishes. Very easy to use in a wide variety of dishes. This is the traditional Miso mushroom.

Medicinal Use – This mushroom may help the body absorb calcium more efficiently. It has other traditional uses in Japan, as most mushrooms do in Japan.

Where to Find it – We have not seen this one available fresh anywhere, and almost no dried sources either. We have found many sources for grow kits and spawn though, so you can grow your own. We anticipate that sources for this mushroom in the US will increase during the next few years as growers begin picking it up and cultivating it.

Growing Info – A relatively easy mushroom to grow on logs or in a sawdust kit. Takes a little more attention than Shiitake, but produces abundantly. If you love mushrooms and can only grow one, this is a good choice for home use. If you are considering commercial production, you may be able to add this to an existing inventory and establish a good market for it, since there is little competition in the market, and a slowly growing demand for it. It would not be a good mono-culture crop, where you expect to make all your income from a single variety.

Disclaimer

Mushrooms may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Some mushrooms are more likely to do this than others. Please research possible reactions prior to consumption. We are not responsible for how you choose to use the mushrooms listed on this site, and do not claim that mushrooms are completely safe to consume. We do not warrant that our information is without error either - Mycology is a complex science, with a great deal of confusion even among top professionals in the industry. The information presented is correct to the best of our knowledge, but our knowledge is certainly incomplete.

We do not make any claims as to the efficacy of any mushroom product to treat or prevent any disease or condition. We are not medical professionals and will not provide advice on alternative medicine use for any mushroom. Please consult a doctor or alternative practitioner prior to using any mushroom product for treatment of any disease or illness.

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