DIY Mushrooms: Fungi At Home Catches On

Locavore eating is moving indoors with mushroom-cultivation kits, a niche product whose sales are multiplying (not to say mushrooming), as foodies seek out ever-more-unusual ingredients (Hen of the Woods, anyone?). The kits also appeal to parents who, at this time of year, are looking for projects to occupy winter-bound kids.

Paul Stamets, owner of Fungi Perfecti, an Olympia, Wash., retailer, says sales of his indoor mushroom kits have been growing at a steady 25% a year for the past three years. Kit varieties range from meaty maitake (my-TOCK-ay) to delicate pearl oyster mushrooms.

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