Wine Cap/King Stropharia Mushroom
The king stropharia can grow to 20 cm high with a reddish-brown convex to flattening cap up to 30 cm across, the size leading to another colloquial name godzilla mushroom. The gills are initially pale, then grey, and finally dark purple-brown in colour. The firm flesh is white, as is the tall stem which bears a wrinkled ring. This is the origin of the specific epithet which means "wrinkled-ringed". It is found on wood chips across North America in summer and autumn. Described as very tasty by some authors, king stropharia is easily cultivated on a medium similar to that on which it grows naturally. Antonio Carluccio recommends sautéeing them in butter or grilling them.
Names: Wine Cap, Garden Giant, Burgundy Mushroom, King Stropharia, Saketsubatake
Classification: Stropharia rugosoannulata
Substrates: Rye Berries, Supplemented Sawdust
Incubation Temp: 65-80° F
Incubation Humidity: 60%-85%
Incubation Time: 12 Days
Fruiting Temp: 50-75° F
Fruiting Humidity: 89%-95%
Fruiting Time: 20 Days
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