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I had no luck at all with two different kits from the big name hardware store. I got two coffee ground kits for Christmas and the first has worked a treat! This is an American one and the other which is twice the size is an Ozzie kit (the young blokes featured on landline).

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Comment by Dave Riley on January 11, 2018 at 22:23

Don't get a small box as it could be full of toadstools and there won 't be mush - room inside.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 11, 2018 at 14:03

I'll finish the second half of this first harvest tonight.  I'm hoping to get at least two more crops from the kit yet (if my cunning plan pays off - I'll share it if it works).

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 11, 2018 at 11:58

Remember those field mushrooms around Moruya southern NSW where my grandparents lived.

The local 'Horse' mushrooms are not safely edible even the Labradors would not eat them! They took one sniff and walked away and that's something for a walking-stomach aka Labrador. So Mushrooming with a dog is a handy way to sort out the edible from the non-edible. Any mushy the dogs took a fancy to, I figured was safe. I'm still here ;-)

Comment by Dave Riley on January 11, 2018 at 9:54

I grew up eating field mushrooms -- Agaricus campestris (LINK)-- and foraged these every Winter on my uncles' dairy farms in Victoria.

They were absolutely delicious such that i have trouble adapting to the modern exotic varieties. "Buttons', I find, are tasteless.

But now, Marland Mushrooms  from Staplyton, are marketing 375 gram packs of what they label 'Field Mushrooms' and they aren't bad.They may be Agaricus but not campestris.

Very tasty.

I've tried to hunt down the filed mushrooms in local paddocks but I am never confident that I have the right species.

The local 'Horse Mushroom' seems different and suspect -- and besides I'm not familiar enough with it.

Every Winter we'd spend much time collecting mushrooms. As kids we even sold bags  of fresh picked mushrooms from a road side stall along the South Gippsland Highway.

We were serious mushroom hunters and retailers.

Unfortunately, my cousin started putting rocks at the bottom of the made up mushroom bags...

Kinda soured our entrepreneurship.

Just as this, marks down Marland:

ONE woman was paid $6.76 an hour and hundreds of her colleagues earned less than $11 an hour while employed to pick mushrooms at one of Queensland's biggest edible fungi growers.

And the companies involved tried to cover up the underpayments by sending mysterious mushroom picking data and using excuses like "we don't speak good English”, the Federal Court heard on Monday.

Brisbane Market supplier Troy Marland and his company, Marland Mushrooms Qld Pty Ltd, are on trial in Brisbane for allegedly under-paying 406 workers $646,000. LINK

Around here, picker rorting is rife.If not mushrooms, then strawberries.

Comment by Lissa on January 11, 2018 at 5:17

Love a good mushroom kit. I eat the regular sort pretty much every day. I'm very fond of Enoki mushrooms if anyone ever sees a kit for them.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 9, 2018 at 21:34

Oyster mushrooms George.  I left them on the kitchen bench and they went pretty well. 

Comment by george s on January 9, 2018 at 11:18

well done Andrew, do you know what variety of mushrooms this ones are? I am surprised that they grow at current summer temperatures in Brisbane. cheers George

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 9, 2018 at 10:53

Being the only Mushroom eater at this address, it's not worth it for me :-( I love dried Mushrooms and the Russian pickled mushrooms but have no idea how to do either - which would be useful were I to succumb to the lure of fresh-picked organic Mushrooms.

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