Who doesn’t like presents? The ladies and gentlemen of CommuniGate love nice and tasty stuff. Usually we get presents like wine or chocolate, which we enjoy briefly, but oh so intensively. This time after an interview, Ruud was received a bucket of RotterZwam – grow oyster mushrooms with your own coffee-grounds. Sounds like a perfect present for foodies among us. My brain starts thinking about tasty dishes to make with our future harvest right away. But lets see how it goes first…
Hello oyster mushrooms grower!
With such a cheerful greeting on our bucket, we’re ready for the adventure. The instructions? They are a little bit confusing, because you have to read from left to right and then from right to left. But the numbering helps. Op bucket – add coffee-grounds –close bucket! That’s it. Because of this project, the coffee drinkers among us are asked to drink a lot of coffee. This heavy task can be accomplished. We have to check every few days if there’s white mold on the coffee-grounds, because the instructions say: “White wires and fluffy mold? That’s good. You’re doing well”. Then we only have to add new coffee-grounds until the bucket is full.
Friday is feeding day… Definitely
As with many things in life, you have to think logically. And that’s also the case with our breeding project. Our cleaning lady works during the weekend, so we have to feed our mushrooms in making each Friday. We go into the weekend with some worries because of the long Whitsun weekend. The white fungus isn’t yet visible.
“Yak! Ew!” Is what we hear out of the kitchen. There is a thick layer with fungus in our bucket. White and stringy like a thick spider web with condensation on it. One moment we doubt if we want to eat this, but this is the way they’re grown in ‘real-life’ too. So lets add some more coffee-grounds!
It’s going well. The white mold is still there and the bucket is already half full. Today is a tropical day in Holland and the temperature is rising up to 30 degrees. Is this a good or a bad thing four our breeding? We ask via Twitter and get a reassuring answer. The advice is to keep the bucket in a cool place (below 20 degrees) and out of the sun. We can do that.
Done with the coffee!
After almost four weeks adding coffee-grounds, the bucket is full and the tape around the bucket can be removed.
There are they!
The first bunch of oyster mushrooms is a fact. Although they are still small, they are real mushrooms. Coral-like formations are appearing at other places in the bucket. Soon they’ll emerge to beautiful oyster mushrooms.
Ready to eat!
Monday morning around nine o’clock, everyone sits behind his desk when ‘the bucket’ catches my eye: “Wow, did you see the mushrooms?”. The first oyster mushroom crawled out the ventilation hole and is ready to be eaten. Mission accomplished!
Conclusion: We’re convinced! This mushroom-farmer-kit is fun, informative and you can enjoy it for about 40 days.
Nice to know about the DIY-kit that it comes from a mushroom grower of Tropicana. A former famous/notorious tropical pool in the port town Rotterdam. Recently, our own Maurice made a spectacular video with a drone in Tropicana.