Drakensberg Sun Resorts Mushroom Farm Project

Filed in Environment by on July 30, 2013
Drakensberg Sun Mushroom Farm - © Drakensberg Sun Resort

Drakensberg Sun Mushroom Farm Project – © Drakensberg Sun Resort

The Drakensberg Sun Resort has started to grow Mushroom cultivars. This project is still in the trail period where they are experimenting with the cultivars and how best to position them and ascertain their required growing conditions. The purpose is to be able to supply their kitchen with the mushrooms and also to experiment with other varieties.

They started this project with the growing of the Pink Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus djamor) and have advanced to cultivating the Grey (Pleurotus sajor-caju) and King Oyster (Pleurotus eryngii) Mushrooms. Pleurotus is a genus of gilled mushrooms which includes one of the most widely eaten mushrooms, P. ostreatus. Pleurotus species may be called oyster, abalone, or tree mushrooms, and are some of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. Pleurotus fungi have been used in the mycoremediation of pollutants such as petroleum and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (source – www.wikipedia.org ).

Pink and Grey Oysters are planted in cylindrical recycled plastic tubes suspended from the ceiling and supported on the floor. The King Oyster is planted in recycled 20lt ice cream containers which are sealable as this enhances the spawning process. The spawning is a completely natural process and is not enhanced artificially in any way.

 

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