Chestnut mushrooms tend to grow in clusters, similar to Oyster mushrooms, but taste much more like a mild Shiitake with a distinct “nutty” taste. Chestnuts are quite satisfying while chewing, they retain a little bit of snap to the stem after cooking, with a similar texture to that of asparagus. They even leave you stained orange until you wash your hands!
Chestnuts add an excellent flare to any stir-fry, with that perfect mushroom shape, color and texture. Pholiota adiposa is an edible as well as a medicinal mushroom cultured in China and Japan. It belongs to Agaricales fungal order (Strophariaceae family), and has antitumor, antimicrobial, antihypertensive and antihyperlipidemic activities.
These mushrooms have recently gained popularity among commercial cultivators, because of their great qualities and high demand. Chestnut mushrooms are interesting in the way that they can grow on both dead and alive trees, meaning they are both saprophytic and parasitic. However, they tend to grow better on dead substrates. In nature they are commonly found on Beech trees.
Our Chestnut mushrooms are grown on synthetic logs, produced with hardwood sawdust, soy bean hulls and water. The ingredients are put into a special bag with porous filters that allow for proper gas exchange. Once the substrate has been fully colonized by the mycelium, it is then placed into our fruiting trailer and allowed to develop mushrooms.