may have never heard of Wine Cap Mushrooms, also known by their
scientific name Stropharia rugosoannulata, and their awesome name,
Godzilla Mushroom. Whatever you call them, Wine Cap Mushrooms are
tasty and lovely-looking mushrooms. They have a rich brown colour, a
nutty flavour and contain a lot more moisture than your typical
mushroom when cooked. Wine Cap Mushrooms are exquisite when prepared
in soups and sauces, cooked with lemon juice, nutmeg or fennel as
they are not widely-harvested, wine caps are very expensive, organic
varieties going from $18/pound. Once again, learning how to grow
mushrooms an is easy, inexpensive and a great way to sample something
new in the mushroom world.
Cap mushrooms thrive when planted both outdoors, but sadly they don’t
easily take to growing indoors, so you’ll need to plant these on
the ground or in a pot. Wine Cap Mushrooms can tolerate a huge range
of temperatures, from 4-32 degrees Celsius (40-90 degrees
Fahrenheit), so planting spring is your best option.
Cap Mushroom Spawn. My
favourite location to get spawn is eBay. I have yet to buy spawn
from this particular seller, so I cannot vouch for the quality of
their spawn. However, their reviews are good and I’ve always found
eBay reviews to be dependable.
type of tree variety will do, excluding pine. Also avoid wood chips
with large amounts of leafy matter. You can buy these at garden
stores and centres, but often times these are given away for free by
tree and shrub services.
a shady spot in your garden, such as around a tree. Loosen the
soil where you are going to be putting down your Wine Cap
some soil to create a small depression in the ground, around 8
inches if you can manage it. Fill depression with a mix of wood
chips and compost, adding in more wood chips than compost.
your Wine Cap Mushroom spawn and sprinkle it over.
your spawn with an approximately 2 inch layer of compost.
the whole thing once a day (more during dry, hot days) to keep it
I mentioned above, Wine Cap mushrooms can get huge.
Wine Cap Mushrooms are at their best when eaten smaller, when
the mushroom heads are around a palm’s size or just as the
skin on the head of the mushroom (the dark brown veil) starts tearing
near the edges.
a few behind to mature completely if you’d like your Wine Cap
Mushrooms to regrow somewhere else in your garden — no guarantees
of where though! Wine Cap Mushrooms reproduce by releasing spores
into the air, so they may land anywhere.