Forest Nameko Grow Stick Forest Nameko Grow Stick

Forest Nameko Grow Stick

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Forest Nameko (Pholiota microspora)

The Forest Nameko grow stick fruits easily under the right conditions during the colder winter months.

These unique and versatile mushrooms have a delicate slightly nutty flavour and make a great addition to stir fries, soups and pastas.


The Forest Nameko mushroom is closely related to the Chestnut mushroom (Pholiota adiposa) and is native to the hardwood oak and beech forests of Asia. They have a very similar appearance to the Chestnut, but the shiny orange caps are covered in a natural type of gelatin instead of the scales. While some might think the gelatin is a sign of the mushroom going bad, it is in fact perfectly normal. The gelatinous layer is the

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reason these mushrooms have become sought after in the culinary world.

They are a standard ingredient in Japanese Miso soup where they act as a natural thickener and flavour enhancer. While they are one of the most popular mushrooms in Japan, they are not widely used in western countries due to their slimy appearance – although they are starting to grow in popularity (for good reason)!

These versatile mushrooms can be used in a variety of dishes including soups, stir-fries, and pasta. They are best grilled, sautéed, or boiled. Their mild and slightly nutty flavour will add a delicious element to your dish.

Check out our Fruiting Kits category in our shop to make fruiting your mushrooms as fun and easy as possible!

Fruiting Instructions: Refer to our Knowledge Portal for detailed instructions on how best to fruit this species.

Fruiting months: Winter

Pinning Temp: 10°C – 15°C

Pinning Humidity: 98% – 100%

Fruiting Temp:  13°C – 18°C

Fruiting Humidity: 90% – 95%

Cultivation Difficulty: Medium

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