Last Thursday, while shopping, the local Fiesta Farms had a mushroom growing kit for oyster mushrooms. I was just buying some mushrooms for the barbecue and thought it’d be fun to grow them.

It’s a coffee-grind base infused with mushroom spores. The first two days, nothing happened. And then there were these spores growing:

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Then, a day later, this (sorry, it’s sideways – I will fix that later):

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The thing is, mushrooms grow so rapidly that it’s frightening – to me, anyway. I’m currently taking a time lapse video of the growing mushrooms in my kitchen that will be posted tomorrow.

In one day after the above image, they’ve quadrupled in size. I’m mildly concerned about going down to the kitchen and having a Little Shop of Horrors moment. A giant, angry oyster mushroom that’s taken over the kitchen and wants to eat. Luckily, they don’t have teeth and survive on water. Two things that mean I avoid a horror movie scenario.

According to Wikipedia:

“The fungus kingdom encompasses an enormous diversity of taxa with varied ecologies, life cycle strategies, and morphologies ranging from single-celled aquatic chytrids to large mushrooms. However, little is known of the true biodiversity of Kingdom Fungi, which has been estimated at 1.5 million to 5 million species, with about 5% of these having been formally classified.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus

Creepy – millions of species that aren’t plants, animals or bacteria that we don’t even know about. Some edible, some poisonous.

They are creepy things, mushrooms. But I love them.

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