lion's mane mushroom

The Other Lion’s Mane

While I was researching a recent jellyfish meta on The Six Thatchers, I found that there is also a lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus), which is a parasitic fungus that may affect memory and mood when eaten. Its name apparently translates to Hedgehog hedgehog, so… that’s fun. Perhaps this aptly named mushroom and its similarity to TD-12 explains why Mary’s wardrobe included a fungal motif in The Six Thatchers.

To be clear, Rhizopus is a different genus of parasitic fungus, but its features are easier to draw than most, and it frequently ends up being used in costume design lab examples for this reason.

The lion’s mane mushroom is also commonly called the monkey head mushroom in some regions. But that’s a Sherlock Holmes story for another day.

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Mushroom growing update!!
We already harvested and ate the oyster mushrooms a while ago and are waiting to see if those two bags are going to fruit again, but the slower growing lions mane and reishi are just now fruiting!
The top three pictures are from a few weeks ago when they began to fruit. The lions mane started fruiting inside the bag so we had to open the top for it to come out.
You can see in the later photos that it’s grown all the way up and out of the bag now and will be ready to harvest very soon!
Antler Reshi mushrooms take a lot longer- like several months!- to finish fruiting. They are a hard woody mushroom that would normally grow slowly on trees. You can see it’s getting much bigger but has a long way to go! I love the many colored stripes that form as it grows up and the older parts darken and harden.
mushrooms are so magikal!!


Mushroom ID

Does anybody know what mushroom this is? I may or may not have taken a small bite of it. It didn’t do much other than make the surface of my tongue where it touched feel odd. At first I thought it was an inky cap, but it seems too robust. 



Mushroom update!
First pic- new fruiting chamber is set up with humidity and temperature control
Second pic- Lion’s mane is pinning and also doing some fruiting inside the bags again
Third pic- Antler Rieshi pins (just beginning to start their characteristic red and yellow rings)
Fourth pic- Brat Oyster mushroom babies!
Fifth pic- ever growing spawn collection, including 3 strains of oyster mushrooms, antler reishi and 2 strains of lion’s mane.
We’ve also got over 100 new mason jars, a pressure cooker, and a new homemade clean air box ready to keep inoculating more spawn jars. We seem to be having great success with our most recent spawn jars but we lost our second run of bags to some green mold contamination. The pictures above are of our first try at inoculating bags ourselves- we also lost a few to contamination but the survivors have begun fruiting! We will be upping our game on sterilization and trying some new techniques for our next batch of bags. Mushrooms are so exciting! This is such a fun learning experience and I can’t wait to keep experimenting and perfect the growing process to start reaping the numerous benefits of organic medicinal mushrooms!