Species Name: Hericium erinaceus
Common Name(s): Lions Mane
Lion's Mane in our opinion is one of the most aesthetically pleasing mushroom you'll ever come across. With a flavor and texture profile similar to lobster or crab, this slightly chewy yet tender mushroom will leave the most pleasantly nutty taste in your mouth. Juicy, meaty, yet delicately stringy, the Lion's Mane mushroom will not only change the way you though you enjoyed eating mushroom but the way you look at food completely. It's seriously that good.
To top it off, the Lion's Mane mushroom is PACKED with health benefits. It has been shown to help with inflammation and oxidation, it enhances immune system functions, has been shown to help with anxiety and depression, is high in antioxidants which makes it a cancer preventative, helps control blood sugar levels which in turn helps manage diabetes, has shown significant effects on nervous system recovery, and yes... it gets EVEN better. Out of the 2000 edible mushrooms (we know of), there are currently ~270 species we know of that have shown therapeutic or preventative aspects for bettering human health. Of those ~270 mushrooms, there are however only SIX (6) of them that are known as nootropics, which are chemicals that in some way provide benefits for the brain (our cognitive health).
This mushroom species forms stemless, hidden base, spherical fruit bodies that average from medium to large in size. The body of the mushroom itself is covered in soft, overlapping, spines that elongate as the mushroom matures. Each of these spines, often called teeth, once elongated to a certain point are what act as "the gills" for the mushroom and are what release its spores.
Ideally, a grower will want to harvest their fruitbodies prior to the teeth elongating excessively. When the mushroom is young, the spines are often bright white or sometimes have a pinkish hue, but with age will begin to discolor and take a more pale white to yellowish-brown. Prior to discoloration taking effect it is recommended that the fruit be harvest, however discoloration does not ruin the fruit if picked within a fair amount of time.
Origin/Where To Find
Lion's Mane is a parasite (saprotrophic) mushroom that grows on hardwood trees/fallen hardwood logs.
Lions Mane can be grown on both traditional hardwood blocks supplemented with or without 10% bran, or on Masters Mix blocks (containing 50/50 hardwood/soy hulls)
Spawn: Whole Grains: Millet, Popcorn, Rye, Birdseed, or sawdust.
Recommended Incubation Temperature:
70-75° F (21-24°C)
Fruiting Temperature: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
Recommended Relative Humidity 85–95 %
Optimal CO2-concentration: 500-1000 ppm
Light needed for fruit formation: >500 lux
Flushes: Fruiting block will usually produce at least 2 flushes.
Inoculation: We personally use a minimum 10% spawn to substrate ratio for our fruiting blocks, however "large scale productions" will only mixed in ± 1% ratio.
A higher spawn ration means a healthier faster colonizing fruiting block with even more nutrients for fruitbodies to be used to form from. We don't skimp on spawn, everyone wins with a higher ratio in our opinion.
**Important Notation: Let's keep it real folks, individual differences in the cultivation conditions can thoroughly affect the results on every single grow, even here in a very carefully controlled lab. We are here to help you understand and attempt to absolutely optimize if not even improve what ever method it is you are choosing to try. **
Over the last 10 years we have grown out almost every one of our cultures. Mycology is our life and we hope to help make it a part of everyone else's as well.
What this purchase gets you:
x1 10mL(cc) of our Georgia found wild clone and isolated Lions Mane mushroom culture (Hericium erinaceus)
x1 alcohol wipe per syringe ordered.
x1 sterile 1" 18g needle per syringe ordered.
All mycology supplies are pressure heat sterilized at 15psi prior to being used unless they come prepackaged as sterile. 15 psi mean maintaining an internal core temperature of 250°F for a set duration. Pasteurization is a completely different method of sanitation and should please not be confused with sterilization.
All lab work is done in front of a laboratory grade laminar flow hood. then vacuum sealed. The product(s) you receive will be an active form of your chosen species living mycelium that is held in a liquid suspension made from lab grade reagents that are mixed and carefully formulated to make our very own inhouse Liquid Cultures. Liquid Cultures are regularly tested for contamination, and come with a 100% CLEAN culture promise! We use it to grow the food we eat, so it get's checked more than necessary to be honest.
*All liquid culture orders are luer lock sealed and vacuum sealed in front of a laboratory grade laminar flow hood for mailing.
**Each item listed above will be sent to you in [sterile] condition. The syringe, needle, and alcohol prep pad are each individually wrapped.
***It is the buyers sole responsibility to provide their accurate mailing address with their payment. It is suggested that a buyer check their address before and after placing an order to ensure an accurate mailing address has been provided. If a purchase is made and shipped before the buyer is able to contact me with the corrected information they are held liable for all shipping costs. This includes the initial shipping payment, as well as the additional shipping cost generated if it is requested by the buyer that the product(s) be mailed to them if it is returned. If the item is returned a refund for the non-shipping portion of the item will be given upon request. If the item is never returned the buyer is responsible for the item being lost and no refund will be offered for either the item or shipping costs.***
~Helpful Note~ If kept sealed and refrigerated, properly prepared liquid cultures can easily maintain their integrity and in many cases if used with sterile technique can be used multiple times.
Check out our culture list!
Lions Mane - Hericium erinaceus
Coral Tooth - Hericium coralloides
Cordyceps - Cordyceps militaris
Shiitake 75 - Lentinula edodes
Warm Weather Shiitake - Lentinula edodes
Turkey Tail - Trametes versicolor
King Oyster - Pleurotus eryngii
Blue Oyster - Pleurotus ostreatus var. columbinus
Golden Oyster - Pleurotus citrinopileatus
Pink Oyster - Pleurotus djamor
Black King Oyster - Pleurotus ostreatus hybrid
Phoenix Oyster - Pleurotus pulmonarius
Pearl Oyster (3015) - Pleurotus ostreatus
Reishi (Red) - Ganaderma lucidum
Reishi (Gold) - Ganaderma curtissi
Reishi (Black) - Ganoderma neo-japonicum
Piopinno - Agrocybe aegerita
Beech - "Shimeji" - Hypsizygus tessellatus
Chestnut - Pholiota adiposa
Black Poplar - Agaricus aegerita
Wood Blewit - Clitocybe nuda
Enoki - Flammulina velutipes
Maitake - Grifola frondosa
Milky Mushroom - Calocybe indica
Yellow Morel - Morchella esculenta
Nameko - Pholiota nameko
Royal Sun Agaricus - Agaricus subrufescens
Wine Cap - Stropharia rugosoannulata
Portobello- Agaricus Bisporus
Bitter Oyster - Panellus stipticus
Chaga - Inonotus obliquus
Popcorn Oyster - Pleurotus cornucopiae
Tarragon Oyster - Pleurotus eunosmus
Sporeless Oyster - Pleurotus osteatus
Beefsteak - Fistulina hepatica
Elm Oyster - Hypsizygus ulmarius
Chicken of the Woods - Laetiporus sulphureus
Agarikon - Laricifomes officinalis