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Shiitake logs last between four to six years and give farmers several spawns of mushroom each year.
May 28, 2015 Agriculture experts say the forests of West Virginia are perfect for cultivating mushrooms. They're urging more people to farm shiitakes to meet demand at specialty food stores and restaurants.
N. gardneri mushrooms grow at the base of young babassu palms in Brazil. A bland tan by day, the fungi emit an eerie green light by night.
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March 21, 2015 Scientists outfitted some fake fungi with LEDs and put them in a Brazilian forest to test their theory that light, not some funky mushroom fragrance, was luring bugs.
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Mushrooms from a farm in Chester County, Pa., dubbed the "Mushroom Capital of America."
February 19, 2015 Foraging for wild, edible fungi may be a growing trend. But most of the mushrooms we eat come from farms — and a behind-the-scenes look at one of them turns out to be pretty exciting on its own.
This grocery store packet of porcini mushrooms contained a surprise: three species of fungi never before named or described.
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September 23, 2014 Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you sequence the DNA of your dinner.
Hank Shaw, author of Hunt, Gather, Cook, snaps the end off a mushroom in a Washington, D.C.-area park. When broken, the inside turns blue, identifying it as an inedible species of bolete.
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December 4, 2013 Foraging for fungi and other wild edibles has grown in popularity in the U.S. and abroad in recent years, fueled by guidebooks, Internet buzz and hype from chefs. As a result, some known mushroom hunting grounds are taking a beating.
Richard Blais' Earth & Turf Burger, served at the Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, is 50 percent beef, 50 percent mushroom.
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November 5, 2013 Chefs and school cafeteria directors say burgers that blend mushrooms and meat are a hit. Mushroom-meat burgers are, on average, 24 percent lower in fat and 27 percent cheaper than regular, all-beef burgers, according to the Mushroom Council.
Four hundred million pounds of mushrooms come from farms in Chester County, Pa.
October 11, 2012 Because of a unique collaboration between Quakers, Italians and Mexicans, half the nation's mushrooms are grown on farms near Kennett Square in southeastern Pennsylvania.
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July 12, 2010 For this Sandwich Monday, we go vegetarian, but still disgusting. The Wait, Wait crew treks to the Twisted Spoke to try their deep-fried portobello sandwich.
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