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Bears Head Tooth Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

Bears Head Tooth Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

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Strain Information

 Bears Head Tooth Mushroom

Bears Head Tooth Mushroom

Bear’s-head is part of a group of closely related tooth fungi (that is, they release their spores from tooth-like or hair-like structures, rather than from gills) that have rather confusing names[i]. To begin with, they are sometimes all referred to as lion’s mane (a name that more properly refers to H. erinaceus only). Other writers simply refer to Hericium, without specifying which Hericium is meant.  Adding to the confusion is the fact that while Hericium americanum is the currently accepted scientific name of the bear’s-head tooth, many people still know it by its former name, Hericium coralloides, a name now assigned to a different species, which used to be called Hericium ramosum.


Not surprisingly, some writers take the confusion one step more and refer to a mushroom as “H. americanum or H. ramosum.” What species they mean is not clear[ii].

But just as a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, this mushroom by whatever name is edible and at least reportedly has medicinal value.

Hericium Americanum Identification and Description
Cap: Multiple caps branch from a common stem, all of them entirely covered with long, soft, hair-like or noodle-like spines. The surface is white when young, yellowing with age. The interior flesh is white and does not change when cut.
Gills: No gills. Instead, the spores are borne on soft spines all over the outer surface of the caps. These spines are much longer than in most other Hericium species.
Stem: Branched, except when very immature, and difficult to see because of the spines.
Smell: May smell fishy.
Taste: Nothing useful for ID.
Spores: Elliptical and smooth.
Spore color: White
Edibility: Edible and, for some, choice.
Habitat: Eats dead or sometimes living wood, usually of hardwood species, in eastern North America.

An important characteristic of bear’s head is that the fruiting body is branched. Unfortunately, the long spines make the branching less than obvious. It usually grows on dead wood, but sometimes establishes in and fruits from wounds in living trees.There are many species that bear their spores on “teeth” or soft spines, but most are unrelated. Spines have developed in fungi many times completely independently.
Hericiums don’t look like anything else (other groups of tooth fungi have very different structures), but they do look like each other, especially when young. Field identification generally depends on branching structure and spine length, but very young specimens might lack branches and have underdeveloped spines. Fortunately for foragers, all the Hericiums are edible and reportedly taste similar.


Hericium Americanum Benefits


The most well-established benefit of H. americanum is that it tastes good. Like other members of its genus, it’s taste is somewhat reminiscent of fish or shellfish, and it can be used to make “crab” cakes and soups, as well as being pan-fried. The long, soft, spines do not give the mushroom a hairy or strange texture. It is possible to buy these mushrooms, so foraging is not the only way to taste them, although some people claim that cultivated examples have less flavor.  There has been very little research into any medicinal potential of this species. Its relative, H. erinaceus, has been extensively researched, and shows real promise as a treatment for maladies as varied as Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive performance, digestive problems, and cancers[iv]. Alternative health practitioners often treat all Hericiums as interchangeable, but while it’s likely these species are biochemically similar and share benefits, there is no guarantee they are identical.

Hericium Americanum Dosage

The medical use of this species has not been established, so the proper dosages, if any, aren’t known either.

Hericium Americanum Toxicity, Safety & Side Effects

Americanum is not toxic, nor does it closely resemble any toxic species, although hypersensitivities and allergies are possible, as with any food. Any side effects from medicinal use are not known, though the closely-related H. erinaceus does sometimes cause mild stomach problems when used as medicine, and there has been some suggestion that it could slow clotting or lower blood sugar—advantages in some circumstances but a problem in others[v]. Long-term use has not been studied for safety at all, but the species seems to be generally safe.  One caveat is that persons wishing to experiment with H. americanum, bear’s head, for medicinal uses should remember it might well have different, or lesser, effects than its better-studied relative.

 

LAB CREATED PRODUCTS SINCE 2005

 

All our mushroom cultures are only one to two transfers away from the 1st generation mother culture to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and fast-growing product.  Each liquid mushroom culture syringe contains 12 cc's of mycelium suspended in a nutrient broth solution or commonly referred to as a liquid culture. Unlike many vendors, our cultures do not contain honey, we use a special clear recipe so you can see exactly what you're getting. Your mushroom culture is guaranteed to arrive 100% viable and completely contamination-free ready to inoculate a substrate of your choice.  You may use your LC Syringe right away or store it in its mylar container in the refrigerator for 12 months or longer! 

 

Your order with us today will contain: 


(1) sterile 12 ml syringe with locking cap of Aspen Oyster Mushroom.

(1) mylar syringe sleeve for long-term storage.

(2) alcohol pads.

(1) 18-gauge needle.

(1) Small grow bag

24K Gold Infusion (see below)

 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

We add 24K Gold to all our products! 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

Worldwide shipping makes us the most turned to mushroom culture producer/distributor in the world. If you can’t find it in your country, we have you covered, and our shipping time is considerably less than what you may expect.

 

Shipping & Returns

We use USPS priority 2–3 day mail for US orders and Priority International (2-10 days) for the rest of the world. All orders have a tracking number, and we always use discrete shipping methods and know-how to ship items overseas, we have over 15 years of experience doing so, trust us, you will get your order no matter where you live.

We have a 30-day return policy for all products we sell on our website, we do not offer money back returns. We will gladly replace any defective item if it’s returned within 30 days of purchase, but we will not issue refunds for spore related products.

Dimensions

Syringes and grow kits are shipped in 9x6x1 padded eveevploes with hot/cold weather inserts and in mylar long term storage sleeves. Larger items are sent in 6x6x6 boxes or larger, fully insulated and wrapped in bubblewrap.

Care Instructions

You may store our syringes in the refrigerator for up to 12 months in the included mylar storsgr sleeve. Agar plates and slants maybe stored for years in a dark cool environment.

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