I Tried To Grow Organic Mushrooms In My Apartment, And This Is What Happened


It started when my roommate was gifted a boxed Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm by a friend. The three of us, working professionals in our late 20s, sort of squinted at it in the Sunday afternoon light. We had never seen one before, although lately they are abounding at Whole Foods and other organic stores.

The idea of the farm is that the mushrooms grow within 7-10 days out of a cardboard box filled with live mushroom spawn (just as terrifying as it sounds), organic soil, and recycled coffee grounds and other composted waste. All you have to do is soak it in water, place it in a bright areaβ€”but not in direct sunlightβ€”and then mist daily. Afterward, you get to harvest and cook the crop, which comes with recipes like mushroom sage flatbread, mushroom sesame ramen, or vegetable lasagna.

Read my whole article at Rodale’s Organic Life.