Long jealous of other people’s bountiful gardens, I’m sad I can’t have my own garden (no place for it and the HOA rules won’t allow even a small balcony one). So when BTTR (it’s pronounced as “better” and stands for Back to the Roots) offered me a chance to grow mushrooms from an indoor kit, I was all over it.
It’s easy enough to set up the kit but for some reason I couldn’t get anything to grow the first go around. A couple of weeks later, on my second attempt with more frequent misting than the two times a day requirement, little pinheads of oyster mushrooms finally popped up.
Once those pinheads appear, the mushrooms really start to grow and fast too. In the photo sequence above, on the left is day 1. After 3 days, one small pinhead appeared. 5 days later is the photo in the middle, 24 hours after that is the photo on the right.
The oyster mushrooms that grew, looks a bit different that the ones in the product brochure. Instead of a cluster of mushrooms, mine just grew longer, sorta like king trumpet mushrooms with the big stems and all. Still, they taste amazing, so fresh and delicious.
Much to my surprise, after returning from a trip, I found mushrooms growing (see above photo) all by itself. No misting or anything, just sitting on the window sill. I thought it was all done with growing mushrooms but this happened twice after two different trips.
The soil used to grow the mushrooms is 100% recycled coffee grounds from Peet’s Coffee. Afterward, it’s rich compost for plants (when it’s done growing mushrooms for real), closing the recycling/sustainability loop.
Retail price for a kit is $19.95 to grow up to 1 lb/crop. Even though I can get fresh oyster mushrooms for a cheaper price at the local farmers market, it was fun to mist the little baby mushrooms and watch them grow. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in the SF Bay Area, in which case, nothing beats the freshness of growing your own.
Disclosure: I received the BTTR mushroom growing kit free of charge from the manufacturer for review. The opinions and experience with the product expressed herein are my own. There was no pay to say.