Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I cook mushrooms?
Every mushroom is unique, though most gourmet mushrooms enjoy a simple sauté until browned and tender or crisped. A splash of water can help get them going in the pan and soften them. More oil can help them crisp. Hand shredding can help keep a more natural texture than chopping if desired. Salt, pepper, herbs (such as thyme & oregano), smoked paprika, onion, garlic, balsamic and/or your favorite high heat oils or butter are all good friends of the fungi pan. Try marinading your mushrooms for grilling or roasting. The choice is yours. Add mushrooms to pretty much anything, you’ll thank us later. To learn more about cooking with fungi, see our recipes section here and stay in the loop for classes here.
How do I store mushrooms?

Refrigerate around 33-38F. The closest to freezing possible, without freezing, is most recommended to keep them in their freshest state. Store in a vented cardboard box, in brown paper bags, or in wax paper bags.

Paper/cardboard storage containers promote a small amount of air circulation which slowly dehydrates mushrooms over time in the refrigerator, rather than rotting in more airtight storage materials, such as plastic.

How do I preserve my mushrooms long-term?

In order to properly freeze mushrooms, they must be cooked prior. Try sautéing or blanching them first, then freezing in an air-tight bag.

Dehydrating mushrooms also serves as a great preservation method. They must be “cracker dry”, where stalks snap audibly and do not bend. Store in air tight containers or bags with desiccant packets.

Pickling, fermentation, and other preparations such as mushroom conserva can preserve fungi long-term as well.

Do I need a lab to grow mushrooms?

No. There are plenty of established methods and practical, budget-friendly equipment for small scale and personal mushroom production. You choose your level of involvement. The more specialized you want to become, the more a lab will benefit you. But it is not a requirement to have a lab, nor is any previous lab experience required, to cultivate mushrooms at a non-commercial level.
See our growkits and cultivation supplies here for convenience, practicality, and quickness in your growing process, from beginner-level to advanced. We even offer consultations.

What are the nutrient facts for mushrooms?

Nutrition facts for mushrooms tend to vary between species, though gourmet mushrooms are generally rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, contain moderate amounts of protein and carbohydrates, and are low in fats and calories.

How does Fungi Jon grow mushrooms?

We grow mushrooms from start to finish, utilizing the highest integrity cultures we’ve collected and stored in our genetics bank. The process begins on a petri dish where we grow out a culture of choice in an isolated environment. Once established, this culture is transferred to cooked organic grains.
Once grains are colonized from the culture, they are then transferred to our oak hardwood-based fruiting substrate. The grains begin to colonize this substrate, and once our fruiting blocks are incubated for a number of weeks, they are introduced to specific grow environments engineered to provide the most ideal climate for our varieties.
We control 100% of our growing process, utilizing only the best organic ingredients we have established after years of trials, ensuring the highest degree of quality in every step.
To learn more about our operations, please see our about us page here. To give a shot at cultivation and learn more, find our growkits and cultivation supplies here, and look out for classes here.

Is Fungi Jon hiring?

Please see our careers page here for job opportunities. Feel free to apply if interested and our team will consider you.

Does Fungi Jon teach classes?

Yes. Education is a key component of our mission. We are happy to guide you through the world of mycology and it’s many facets. Please see our upcoming classes here and sign up for email updates on future classes here.

Are mushrooms medicinal?

We believe many species of mushrooms have incredible potential to remedy a number of ailments and promote overall well-being based on numerous studies and consistent recurring anecdotes, frequently from our own products. We call them superfungi.
Some Western mycologists will argue there are not enough human studies to verify the effectiveness of many mushrooms being labeled as medicinal. We leave the final choice up to you and empower our customers by creating access to the highest quality superfungi possible.

Do we sell mycelium on grain products?

No. Unlike many commercial mushroom supplement brands on the market, we only use pure fruiting body (mushroom) in our products. The only mycelium on grain in our operation is the spawn that goes to make the substrate that grows our mushrooms. 

Do we grow or sell psychoactive mushrooms?

Absolutely not, due to their legal status, although we respect them highly and applaud modern research efforts bringing further understanding and clarity to a very important area of study.