Cordyceps Mushroom Cultivation in the Northeast United States

Willie Crosby | 2019

Cordyceps is currently one of the highest valued mushrooms cultivated in the world. The US market for cordyceps is rapidly growing in the supplemental and herbal markets. Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally, Montague, MA, studied basic production variables of cordyceps, including strain and container, on his farm. Results of the study informed this cultivation guide.

Table of Contents

  • Cordcyeps Research
  • Kingdom Fungi
  • Fungal Ecological Roles
  • Cordyceps: What are we talking about?
  • Yartsa Gunbu: A History
  • The History of Cordyceps
  • Cordyceps as Medicine
  • Cordyceps Cultivation
    • A) Strain and Spawn
    • B) Media preparation
    • C) Inoculation
    • D) Incubation
    • E) Pinning and fruiting
    • F) Harvest
  • Selling Cordyceps
  • Further Research

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.