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North Carolina has seen surging interest in the production of edible and medicinal mushrooms. The most popular is the common button mushroom and the shiitake, Japanese for mushroom of the shii (oak tree). Shiitake mushroom are highly valued for the flavor and medicinal value, with national production beginning only 25 years ago. Western North Carolina naturally produces the optimal environment for shiitake mushrooms with dead hardwood tree logs, warm temperatures and high rainfall.

Many state farmers are developing a strong mushroom industry with the help of Dr. Omon Isikhuemhen, a cultivation expert and professor at NC A&T State University in Greensboro. The goal is to make North Carolina a leader in the production of edible and medicinal mushrooms in the US. The collaboration enables research on mushroom production techniques, field testing, market studies, breeding and strain improvement, medicinal and functional food properties.

Mushroom Resources

North Carolina mushroom growers