Growing a parasitic mushroom Cyclocybe parasitica
Posted on 05 April 2020 | Hyphae | 0 Comments
I once met a guy who could never find a Tuwaka (Cyclocybe parasitica) He even had poplar trees close by. Sourced from a gift and then he started growing it, not long after the Tuwaka curse had hit he found the mushrooms on the poplar trees close by. Little did he know that he just gave them poplar trees a death sentence.
Here at NZ Cultures, we try to sell you mushrooms that grow in harmony with the environment. Tuwaka is clearly one that destroys it. Hence the name (parasitica)
The image was taken by Hyphae
That is why you will never see it for sale at NZ Cultures.
I have seen trees with the destruction in a short area where this mushroom has taken hold. It may be from native spores or it could be a fool who has to choose to cultivate it without knowing a thing about it. No one knows if it could wipe out an orchard like the honey mushroom can. This is the one reason the King Oyster is not allowed in NZ because it can parasite on living trees.
If you care for the environment then Tuwaka (Cyclocybe parasitica) should not be on your list to grow. I always remove them when I see them in the forest sometimes to take home to eat but never walking through the forest with them in my hand spreading the curse of the Tuwaka destruction.
It used to be called Agrocybe parasitica but a recent name change saw the New Zealand native version now being called Cyclocybe parasitica.
It tastes of nothing really but was a staple in the ancient Māori diet. It is an extremely mild mushroom that should only be eaten to save some native trees.