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Our Mushrooms

Sakura Oyster Mushrooms

Sakura Oyster AKA Pink Oyster
One of the best mushroom sources of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may reduce instances of cardiovascular disease by preventing plaque build-up in the arteries. This warmth-loving mushroom has a medium-to-pungent aroma with a meaty, woody flavor. Most people compare it to have a fish-or pork-like flavor, which heavily depends on how it’s prepared and cooked.

Lion’s Mane
Our most popular mushroom for its nerve support and brain-boosting health benefits. Lion’s mane has a meaty, stringy texture with a seafood-like, sweetish, earthy flavor and aroma. Who would’ve thought this shaggy mushroom can mimic crab, lobster, or even chicken?! But really, why do we have to compare when it really should have a name for itself? It is packed with nerve growth factor (NGF) a.k.a neuro brain magic, and is equally just as scrumptious, easily becoming everyone’s favorite and rightfully so. The lion’s mane mushroom has been used for thousands of years in ancient Far Eastern medicine to benefit the five internal organs (heart, liver, spleen, lungs & kidneys), as well as neurological health. It is a natural nootropic which can naturally improve one’s mental performance, focus, and mood. It serves as a tonic that supports digestive health, boosts the immune system, and benefits brain function & mental well-being.

Lion’s mane
Our most popular mushroom for its nerve support and brain-boosting health benefits. Lion’s mane has a meaty, stringy texture with a seafood-like, sweetish, earthy flavor and aroma. Who would’ve thought this shaggy mushroom can mimic crab, lobster, or even chicken?! But really, why do we have to compare when it really should have a name for itself? It is packed with nerve growth factor (NGF) a.k.a neuro brain magic, and is equally just as scrumptious, easily becoming everyone’s favorite and rightfully so. The lion’s mane mushroom has been used for thousands of years in ancient Far Eastern medicine to benefit the five internal organs (heart, liver, spleen, lungs & kidneys), as well as neurological health. It is a natural nootropic which can naturally improve one’s mental performance, focus, and mood. It serves as a tonic that supports digestive health, boosts the immune system, and benefits brain function & mental well-being.

Golden Oyster Mushrooms

Golden Oyster
They are a tasty addition to any meal as it has a balanced “nutty” flavor which develops almost like cashews. The mushroom can be cooked until it is crispy, with the tiny flaky caps acting as a substitution for crispy bits similar to bacon. Please note that the brilliant yellow color is lost during cooking and is replaced with a golden brown color. Like its oyster mushroom cousins, it is high in protein and has immunity-boosting qualities. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Shelf life is short and should be consumed within 3-5 days upon harvesting.

Coral tooth
The coral tooth mushroom is a close relative of the lion’s mane mushroom. It has a delicate, branched out structure with rows of small, soft pinkish spines. It has a firm but brittle texture and a sweet, nutty taste. It can be enjoyed just like lion’s mane. Health benefits are going to be similar to its cousin, as well.

Coral Tooth Mushrooms
Coral Tooth Mushrooms

Coral tooth
The coral tooth mushroom is a close relative of the lion’s mane mushroom. It has a delicate, branched out structure with rows of small, soft pinkish spines. It has a firm but brittle texture and a sweet, nutty taste. It can be enjoyed just like lion’s mane. Health benefits are going to be similar to its cousin, as well.

Blue Oyster Mushrooms

Blue Oyster
The most common oyster mushroom due to its complex flavor profile, yet mild to the palate with a sweet, woodsy flavor, making it super versatile. Like with its oyster mushroom cousins, it is high in protein and has immunity-boosting qualities. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Tarragon Oyster
The tarragon oyster mushroom is quite a rare oyster mushroom as it is not commercially cultivated by mega farms. It is thought to only be found growing in the British Isles. This wild fellow was originally from the ancient woodlands surrounding Richmond Castle (North Yorkshire, Britain) and was found growing on a large fallen Beech tree. Now they’re growing in our mushroom grow house for all you amazing souls to enjoy. As the name suggests, its smell and taste resemble the herb tarragon, making it probably one of the finest-tasting oyster mushrooms there are. Its texture is quite fragile and easily crumbles when raw, but builds up to an amazing decadent bite once cooked.

Tarragon Oyster Mushrooms
Tarragon Oyster Mushrooms

Tarragon Oyster
The tarragon oyster mushroom is quite a rare oyster mushroom as it is not commercially cultivated by mega farms. It is thought to only be found growing in the British Isles. This wild fellow was originally from the ancient woodlands surrounding Richmond Castle (North Yorkshire, Britain) and was found growing on a large fallen Beech tree. Now they’re growing in our mushroom grow house for all you amazing souls to enjoy. As the name suggests, its smell and taste resemble the herb tarragon, making it probably one of the finest-tasting oyster mushrooms there are. Its texture is quite fragile and easily crumbles when raw, but builds up to an amazing decadent bite once cooked.

Chestnut Mushrooms

Chestnut mushrooms
These have a unique makeup, as it maintains a very particular texture, almost crunching even after the chitin walls have been weakened from being cooked. The mild, earthy flavor has notes of a peppery, nutty finish, and the texture excites an average dish with variation and plays very well in crème sauces. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used for the wellbeing of the stomach and kidneys. It also ensures that the spleen is well nourished. This mushroom is also recognized in present-day science as having anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, and antitumoral properties.

Lilac Oyster
A Sundown Mushroom exclusive, we’ve grown the Lilac Oyster mushroom from a wild spore print gifted by a friend. This oyster mushroom was found on an ancient pecan tree near a barn in Virginia. Unfortunately, the tree began to decay and had to be taken down, albeit with gratitude. After it came down, these oyster mushrooms were found growing! They were carefully harvested with their first spore print taken from some caps and the rest made their way on to a skillet. What better way to say goodbye to a beloved tree? We are honored to be able to grow these beautiful mushrooms on our farm. It has a velvety texture with a great meaty chew and subtle floral aroma. Like its oyster mushroom cousins, it is high in protein and has immunity- boosting qualities. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Lilac Oyster Mushrooms
Lilac Oyster Mushrooms

Lilac Oyster
A Sundown Mushroom exclusive, we’ve grown the Lilac Oyster mushroom from a wild spore print gifted by a friend. This oyster mushroom was found on an ancient pecan tree near a barn in Virginia. Unfortunately, the tree began to decay and had to be taken down, albeit with gratitude. After it came down, these oyster mushrooms were found growing! They were carefully harvested with their first spore print taken from some caps and the rest made their way on to a skillet. What better way to say goodbye to a beloved tree? We are honored to be able to grow these beautiful mushrooms on our farm. It has a velvety texture with a great meaty chew and subtle floral aroma. Like its oyster mushroom cousins, it is high in protein and has immunity- boosting qualities. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Branched Oyster Mushrooms

Branched Oyster AKA Popcorn Oyster
These have a mild, earthy mushroom flavor with a firm, meaty texture. The umami they pack into every dish is incredible. Like its oyster mushroom cousins, it is high in protein and has immunity-boosting qualities. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Shelf life is short and should be consumed within 3-5 days upon harvesting.

Black Pearl
A fun hybrid cross between the common oyster and king trumpet oyster mushrooms, which uphold the earthy umami flavor. This Japanese variety is very dense and meaty. The mushrooms have large edible stems similar to a king oyster mushroom, yet slightly softer. This oyster mushroom hybrid has a slew of health benefits: they are fat-free, low in calories, and packed with vitamins and minerals. What a great way to introduce more iron, calcium, Vitamin C, and B complex vitamins into your diet. Additionally, these mushrooms may have cholesterol-lowering and antioxidant properties.

Black Pearl Mushrooms
Black Pearl Mushrooms

Black Pearl
A fun hybrid cross between the common oyster and king trumpet oyster mushrooms, which uphold the earthy umami flavor. This Japanese variety is very dense and meaty. The mushrooms have large edible stems similar to a king oyster mushroom, yet slightly softer. This oyster mushroom hybrid has a slew of health benefits: they are fat-free, low in calories, and packed with vitamins and minerals. What a great way to introduce more iron, calcium, Vitamin C, and B complex vitamins into your diet. Additionally, these mushrooms may have cholesterol-lowering and antioxidant properties.