I've only eaton morels, oysters, and chanterelles, and meadow mushrooms. Morels are my favorites, but I know they aren't often grown successfully. Meadow mushrooms are my second favorite of the few I've tried, I believe they can be cultivated. Oysters and chanterelles are OK but don't come close to morels. I guess chanterelles are almost impossible to cultivate.
I wondering, just on the basis of flavor, what else I should try to grow? I'm growing or trying to grow, three kinds of morels, oysters, and stropharia rugosa annulata.
I know everyone's favorites won't be the same.
Ken W Wilson wrote:That's corn smut right? I don't know how to spell the Mexican name. I have never eaten it. When I was a kid it used to be on our sweetcorn a lot. I haven't seen it in years. Do you encourage it on your corn somehow? Do you still get some good sweetcorn? Sweetcorn is my favorite garden crop.
I neither encourage corn smut, nor discourage it. It grows on about 1% of my old-fashioned sweet corn plants. If I detassel the stalks, corn smut often grows from the wound, so I can harvest the mushroom, without sacrificing a cob of corn.
I had it in a restaurant in Phoenix that specialized in it and loved it. I'd grow corn just for the smut,although we also love the corn.
I recently started a wine cap patch,although I did it right before a cold snap and haven't seen any signs of life. I hope I didn't lose it.
I have also grown Lion's mane and oyster indoors. I have a maitake indoors almost ready to eat but haven't tasted it,yet. I had tons of meadow mushrooms in my pasture after the hurricane but I wasn't confident in my I'd at the time so didn't try them. I did find a two pound lion's mane this winter and it tasted awesome. Can't wait to try the maitake and wine caps.
Oh,I found one tiny morel two years ago. Cooked it up to try it and I'd say it was my favorite so far.
When I do get myself organized I will probably go with oysters. Easy to grow and easy to dry.
Now I have to go learn more about corn smut. This is a new thing to me. I usually find a few effected ears and discard them. I didn't know it was an edible thing.