Mushroom growing: principle and techniques
The cultivation of mushrooms
Mushrooms can be grown outdoors as well as indoors, in a cellar, garage or covered area in the garden. It is necessary that the space is airy, but not draughty: mushrooms hate that! The temperature must be constant, but it differs according to the species cultivated. So the good news is that this is a crop that everyone can grow!
As for the oyster mushroom, it can be cultivated all year round. The ideal temperature is between 15 and 25°C. During the hot summer, the culture is more complex. Put it at home in a well-lit room (such as the kitchen, the living room, a bedroom…): light is essential for a beautiful colouring of the oyster mushroom. Do not put it next to a heat source (radiator, hotplate…) and avoid direct exposure to the sun’s rays.
Why grow mushrooms?
Growing mushrooms at home has many advantages. First of all, you recycle your waste: the coffee grounds create an excellent substrate for growing mushrooms Secondly, the cultivation allows you to understand how the mushroom grows, what its particularities are. This is a very enjoyable aspect. You harvest it yourself: you choose a short circuit, without intermediaries. That way you limit your carbon footprint. Finally, you eat fresh: you grow, harvest and cook!
Why grow mushrooms?
Our model is based on the circular economy and the concept of urban agriculture. By recycling the tons of coffee grounds produced every day, we allow everyone to grow quality mushrooms at home. What could be better than being able to grow and then enjoy a product that is usually enjoyed in the forest? And what’s more, it’s made from organic waste. This is the experience we want you to live: to show everyone that they can contribute to a better world by recycling their organic waste and transforming it into resources.
Why oyster mushrooms?
Oyster mushrooms eat wood. They can grow wherever there is some, if the conditions of the undergrowth are recreated. This is what we propose you to experience at home, with the Mushroom Box. Cultivating a morel is a little more perilous: you need an oak tree 10 years old; to cultivate a chanterelle, you need a forest in a temperate climate. So we naturally opted for the oyster mushroom!
Cultivate with a natural and organic fertilizer
Our circular economy chain produces very high quality oyster mushrooms. Twice as concentrated in dry matter as a conventional oyster mushroom, Monte Cristo mushrooms are very rich in aromas. Their consistency and maintenance allow all types of preparation.
With the coffee grounds, in addition to preserving the straw traditionally used for growing oyster mushrooms, we are developing a growing method that improves the final product.
How do you grow mushrooms with coffee grounds?
You need to create a mycelium substrate, which you can make from your coffee grounds. Mix it with wood shavings. Then, you need the material to create the necessary humidity for the mushrooms to grow: we suggest you put this substrate in a micro-perforated bag. Then, just follow our step-by-step instructions to simply grow your mushrooms: put the bag in the dark to let it incubate, then create a thermal shock by leaving it overnight in the refrigerator. Finally, open the bag to let the mushrooms breathe and spray them with a little water every day. The growth then takes about a fortnight. Child’s play!