When do I Pick Shiitake Mushrooms

Jerry Haugen mycowrld at cdsnet.net
Thu Apr 24 04:41:35 EST 1997

Gary Lindgren wrote:
> How big should the Shiitakes be when I harvest them. I have a big batch
> coming now and several are 4" across. Or what other criteria should one use
> to time the picking.
> Gary Lindgren
> gel at theconnection.com

Commercial growers typically pick them while the cap is still rolled
under a bit, regardless of size.  That gives them a better shelf life
and a bit more physical strength (thus they handle better).  For home
use, they could be more open.
Jerry Haugen
The Mushroom Growers' Newsletter
P.O. Box 5065
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
MycoWrld at cdsnet.net

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