‘Packed with minerals and protein, and easy to grow at home’… too right. Home mushroom cultivation is a good idea, for everyone. You don’t even need a window in your house (though we do hope that you have one), let alone a window sill or outdoor area to grow nutrient dense, protein rich, organic mushroomy goodness…
Check out these gorgeous mushroom cultivation posters by Victor Paiam…
So now you have no excuse. Before beginning, do check out our posts on growing shiitake mushrooms which has all sorts of excellent ebook resources in it.
And also our post on growing oyster mushrooms in a bucket (actually two buckets, one inside the other) as a great space-saving strategy for homestead mushroom production… oh and you can grow them in laundry baskets also.
And while you’re at it, support artists producing excellent, useful work about skills we all need. You can buy Victor Paiam’s posters in both spanish and english here, and check out the rest of his sustainability-focussed awesomeness here…
Aussies, we have one spot left in our May Mushroom Cultivation workshop in Hobart, Tasmania… so if you’re ready to dive in and learn a lot of new skills in two short days, please join us!
I went to Victor’s site to look at buying some posters but it says (in Spanish) that for the moment they don’t send anything outside of Spain. Just letting people know.
I adore mushrooms and will definitely try to grow some myself, but they do NOT have that much protein – 3 grams per serving compared to 38 for soybeans – that was what i remembered and a – very quick and superficial – google search seems to support this. a detail like that makes the whole poster look like ‘bad science’ , which is a pity… unless my facts are wrong?
yep it seems he got the protein ratios wrong regarding mushrooms vs soybeans… how does that make explaining the techniques of mushroom cultivation bad science? also, given the makeup of most mushrooms in terms of high mineral and vitamin content, given me a mushroom over a soybean anyday! Just sayin…
i never meant to imply that the rest of the info is ‘bad science’. i’m just saying, such a mistake in the tagline, which is there to convince people of the “why”, makes people doubt the rest of the content, the “how”, which is a pity because i am very sure is very valid information!!! i host educational seminars regarding cultivation, nutrition etc, how can I hang this poster? what if someone spots the error – wont that make them doubt the rest of the info? did not mean to sound judgemental, was rather trying to help, but i guess… Read more »
You have to compare protein per calorie. A mushroom serving (100 grams) typically only has 22 calories, so you get 0.14 grams of protein per calorie. That same quantity of soybean has 36 grams of protein for 446 calories, so 0.08 grams of protein per calorie. In that sense, eating your entire daily calories from mushrooms rather than soybeans, you would almost get twice the protein amount from the mushrooms.
Agreed, Anna! Mushrooms and protein is a bit of myth. Still great for you and good to grow, but not a major source of protein.
Do you have another course in Sydney or Mudgee this year?
yes we will have one in Sydney in september, just yet to release the price – the course is here tho: http://milkwoodpermaculture.com.au/courses/details/145-mushroom-cultivation-sept-2013-sydney
Thanks so much for posting this. I am really intrigued by growing them, but have been so lazy about learning. This makes a good starting point!
Average protein content for mushrooms is 20-30% by dry weight
Hey, it would have been GREAT if you had these posters for sale at the workshop in Hobart!!!