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Beefsteak Fungus Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

Beefsteak Fungus Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

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Beefsteak mushroom

Beefsteak mushroom

If you’ve studied mushrooms at all, you know how bizarre they can be, but this species really takes it to another level. The Beefsteak mushroom (Fistulina hepatica) legitimately looks like a slab of meat. It isn’t just the outer appearance that is meat-like, either. When you cut it open, it is nicely marbled and bleeds a dull red juice all over the cutting board.

Mushroom or meat?  The beefsteak mushroom is considered a decent edible, even though it has a bit of a sour flavor and needs a long cook time. It has been used as a meat substitute in the past simply because its appearance and texture easily trick the mind.  The appearance of a freshly harvested Beefsteak mushroom is so eerily organ-like that you might want to keep it tucked away and say a few prayers to the traffic gods that you don’t get pulled over. They might think you’ve recently committed a murder or, for sure, some bloody atrocity.  The Beefsteak mushroom is a bracket-type fungus. This means it grows on the side of trees and doesn’t have gills or stems like a more traditional idea of a mushroom. It is a type of polypore with a firm, rigid appearance that looks like a shelf growing out of a tree.  Beefsteak mushrooms are weakly parasitic and cause brown rot on trees they infect. Mostly, though, they are found on already dead trees where they are saprophytes, decomposing dead organic material.  Deep burgundy red and growing on a stump — you can see the red “bleeding” a little, too.  The overall look of the beefsteak mushroom is dense, tacky, deep burgundy red to bland brown, and large. The red liquid inside the mushroom will stain everything, so be aware of how you handle this and where. It looks like a giant pink strawberry growing on the tree when young and then transforms into a blood-red to brown liver-shaped growth.

This shelf fungus was first described to science in 1784 by Jacob Christian Schaeffer, an amateur German mycologist. It was given its present scientific name a few years later, in 1792, by the British botanist William Withering. The scientific name Fistulina means “small hollow tubes” (referring to the unique pore structure), and hepatica means “liver-like.”  These mushrooms are also known as Ox Tongue fungus, Poor Man’s Steak, Liver Fungus, or Tongue mushroom.  

Where do Beefsteak mushrooms grow?

The unusual beefsteak mushroom grows around the world, and most commonly in Britain. It is also found in Australia, Africa, Europe, and North America. In North America, they’re a bit uncommon. They’re more likely to be found east of the Rocky Mountains.

Are Beefsteak Mushrooms Edible?

Yes, Beefsteak mushrooms are edible and considered good by most who eat them. Some even say they are choice, but not everyone agrees with that assessment. 
In North America, Beefsteak mushrooms are a late summer through early fall mushroom. They are most common in late summer.

Habitat

The parasitic Beefsteak mushroom grows on the side of oak trees, usually around the base of the tree or stump. However, they don’t exclusively grow at the base and can be found further up the tree.  This mushroom is also known to grow on sweet chestnut trees, although oak is the primary species. They’ll often emerge from roots or broken stumps of dead trees. It is most common on recently dead trees, so the best place to look is on the bases of dead but still-standing trees.  Look for beefsteak mushrooms on the side of stumps and logs.

Identification

The bracket-shaped cap is between 3-12 inches wide and .75-2.25 inches thick. It is shaped like a semi-circle or a tongue. The color is bright pinkish red to reddish-brown to dull brown (kind of like how liver, the meat, turns brown with age). When young, the cap is more strawberry-colored. The edge of the cap is also inflated when young, but it flattens out with maturity.   Semi-circle shape, burgundy liver red cap, and overall tacky or sticky feel.   Underneath the cap, the pores are creamy white. They change from white to yellowish to reddish-brown as the mushroom ages. The pores also bruise deeply reddish-brown. Beefsteak mushroom pores separate easily from the upper cap portion, which is a rare feature for polypores. In other bracket mushrooms, the pores are fused together.  Beefsteak mushrooms attach to the host tree from a singular point from which they grow outwards. Sometimes, multiple mushrooms will grow from the same tree or even from the same point. In these cases, the bracket shelves may overlap or become distorted as they vie for space.  A young beefsteak mushroom looks a lot like a giant strawberry.  Usually, the fungus doesn’t have a stem; it just emerges from the side of the stump or tree. However, in cases where it must grow upwards, it will develop a short, thick stem. In this way, it is similar to reishi which will develop a very long stem when necessary but usually doesn’t need to.  The flesh of the Beefsteak mushroom is soft, fleshy, and watery. When cut or damaged, it bleeds a thin red juice. The interior of the mushroom is whitish but streaked with red, so it looks like the marbling on a slab of meat.

On The Lookout

Look around recently dead oak and sweet chestnut trees in late summer and fall for a chance of finding this unique fungus. There is no tried and true hunting technique – finding it is more about luck and looking in the right place. Train those mushroom eyes well, and you won’t miss it if it’s out there. It’s not a mushroom that is predictable or known to reappear every year.   Usually, there will be just one mushroom on a tree. It doesn’t fruit in large numbers in the same spot.

 

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 Beefsteak Fungus 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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