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  • One Certified Organic Oyster Mushroom Kit: Grow at Home Mushroom Farm by Back to the Roots
  • Three simple steps: open box, mist with water, harvest the crop
  • First crop in as little as 10 days; grows multiple crops
  • Fun for kids, families, foodies & chefs; makes a great gift!
  • Kit contains agricultural, plant-based organic waste products, oyster mushroom spawn (seed), and spray mister

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Mushroom Garden box
Your Garden Awaits.
Your garden comes lovingly
packaged in our signature compostable box. A perforated center provides the perfect area for growing delectable, gourmet pearl oyster mushrooms.

Oyster Mushroom Growing Garden Kit

From Back to the Roots

The MUSHROOM GARDEN by Back to the Roots is quickest and easiest way to grow fresh, gourmet food at home. Just open the box, cut the plastic and mist twice a day with water (mister is included!).

Out of the Box
Day 1. What is that? Answer:
A gorgeous, healthy mushroom garden waiting for you to help it grow! You’re looking at recycled coffee grounds enveloped in white “mycelium” or the “root” of the mushroom. A couple sprays twice a day with the spray mister (included in your box) will grow your beautiful gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days.

How to grow your garden:

Congratulations--you’re officially a mushroom farmer. Your garden awaits in a recyclable box pictured on this web page.

You can farm mushrooms in 3 EASY STEPS:

1. OPEN the box,
2. MIST with water (spray mister included!),
3. HARVEST your delicious crop!

It’s Alive!
Yup. While not quite ready to eat, these eager day until you harvest. mushrooms started growing in just 8 days! With plenty of fresh air and misting, these mushrooms will be ready for your dinner table in no time!

Bonus Tip: Soaking the bag of coffee grounds and mushroom mycelium after cutting the + shaped slit overnight and up to 24 hours does wonders for encouraging a happy harvest.

Mushroom Garden day 5
Day 5.
By day 5 you can expect to see beautiful oyster mushrooms emerging in the garden.

Happy Harvest

You’ll know your mushrooms are ready for your next meal when they:

A. Lose their blue/grey color and turn into a lovely shade of brown, cream or white
B. They stop doubling in size everyday!
C. The mushroom’s lamella (or gills)underneath the mushroom cap begin to turn slightly yellowish.

They’re delicious! Enjoy them with your favorite pasta, as a main ingredient staple in delicious tacos or as a topping on your favorite protein.

The Mushroom Guys
The Mushroom Guys.
Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora at our urban farm in Oakland, California.

The Back to the Roots Company Story

Back to the Roots was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora during their last semester at UC Berkeley in 2009. Two months away from graduation, and heading into the corporate world of investment banking & consulting, they came across the idea during a class lecture of being able to potentially grow gourmet mushrooms entirely on recycled coffee grounds. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they experimented in Alex's fraternity kitchen, ultimately growing one test bucket of tasty oyster mushrooms on recycled coffee grounds. With that one bucket, some initial interest from Whole Foods & Chez Panisse and a $5,000 grant from the UC Berkeley Chancellor for social innovation, they decided to forget the corporate route, and instead, become full-time urban mushroom farmers!

Inspired by the idea of producing local, fresh food from what was an urban waste stream, Back to the Roots has since grown to create the Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden which lets anyone, across the country, grow their own gourmet mushrooms at home as well!

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

The company continues to grow and accomplish more than just the bottom line. Back to the Roots has:

  • Diverted and reused more than 1 million pounds of coffee grounds from Bay Area landfills in 2011,
  • Reached over 10,000 elementary school students through our “Inspire the Next” Facebook campaign,
  • Sustained 10 East Bay school gardens and,
  • Created 31 urban, green collar jobs in the community.
Mushroom Tacos

Produce a Healthy and Delicious Meal with Back to the Roots Mushrooms

Back to the Roots Mushroom Tacos

The Back to the Roots love their mushrooms--especially in taco form :)

1. Cook in a sauce pan:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • A couple of cloves of crushed garlic
  • A pinch of chili powder and cumin
  • Veggies of your choice

2. Combine with beans, salsa, and/guacamole to your taste in a corn or flour tortilla

3. Garnish with fresh lime wedge and fresh cilantro

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00CD0KZ78
  • UPC: 792382322046
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (495 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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176 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Pierce H. Thompson on March 27, 2012
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We have grown many mushroom kits with fabulous success, so even with the poor reviews, we bought this kit. Having followed the instructions exactly (soak 24 hours, mist twice or more daily) we got a great burst of little mushrooms. They grew, we misted. We misted and they dried up!
So, unwilling to throw $17.00 away, we read everything we could find on the web on Oyster Mushrooms. Then we cut 1/4 off the block and seeded a couple pounds of fresh, damp coffee grounds with the "seed".
We soaked the remainder for 48 hours This time we re-sealed the block in our vacuum sealer, cut an opening and covered the block with a clear plastic bag --placing it in exactly the same place in our kitchen. Mushrooms happened again! And again, even with the plastic bag serving as an incubator, they dried up.
Meanwhile, the mycellium in the fresh coffee grounds have taken off!
So, unwilling to give up, we resoaked the "Brick" and put in under a plastic cube. Mushrooms are forming again -- this time we think they will make it!
After much thought, it seems clear that some "bricks" of used coffee grounds are too compressed and dry to take on adequate moisture. We love the concept of re-use and think the developers of this product are on to something. The bricks are innoculated with ample spores, however the substrate at least in some cases is too compressed to have mushrooms survive -- even in a humid environment. If you try this kit, soak it for a long time and put it in a plastic cube or bell jar from the outset. Good luck!
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136 of 147 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Reinhard on January 10, 2012
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I purchased this as a gift for my wife for Christmas, we followed the instructions EXACTLY and after 10 days, we just got a lot of white mold - no mushrooms.

We contacted customer service (twice) since they state on the site that they guarantee their product. After 2 days, no response.

UPDATE: 1/15/12

Last Tuesday January 11, the company finally contacted me and said they were committed to customer service, would replace it if it was dead and could I please send pictures. So I sent pictures, and they told me it was still viable but just a "late bloomer" and to send pictures again on Tuesday, 1/17. If the kit still didn't show any mushrooms, then they'd send me a new kit.

Wouldn't you know it, yesterday morning the kit started showing significant signs of mushrooms after about 14 days, and today they're much bigger (and more of them).

So, at this point, I would say it's a ok kit, but I just think they need to revise their marketing materials and change the "mushrooms in as little as 10 days" part. I was VERY close to throwing it away - twice.

Bottom line, be patient. If you get this kit and you don't have any luck, email the company with pictures of your kit( They probably won't get back to you the next day, but hopefully they will within a few days.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Alger VINE VOICE on July 11, 2013
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This was so much fun!

The kit is small but contains all that you'll need to grow your mushrooms, including a little spray "mist" bottle, which is great because it would have been annoying to find one of those on my own. There are a few steps to follow, and then you just mist your mushrooms a few times a day and wait and... MUSHROOMS EVERYWHERE!

I just got done harvesting my first batch of mushrooms and have even eaten some! They were yummy, but really, the point of growing the mushrooms is to watch them grow, and, even better, watch how excited my children were each day. This is a good instant gratification project because the mushrooms went from nothing to GIANT in days. I am also not great at watering plants, but the misting was not a chore at all.

You open up one side of your box, cut an X in the plastic and open up to the soil and mushroom spores and scrape off the white covering. Then you let the block soak in water overnight. (This was a bit confusing because at first the directions made me think that you actually remove the entire block from the plastic, but you just remove it from the box. I may have ripped the plastic a bit thinking I had to tear it off but it ended up making no difference in our results.) After you let it soak, you set the mushrooms somewhere by light and wait. (We put it on our fireplace mantle which is by the window but not in direct sunlight.) Days 1-3 were pretty uneventful, but on day 4 we noticed growth, and it seriously took off after that. I ended up taking pictures of the mushrooms every morning and afternoon and I was SHOCKED at how big the mushrooms grew in just hours! We diligently misted them and watched. The instructions told us that it took about 10 days, but our mushrooms were ready by day 8.
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42 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Marie Acton on February 6, 2012
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I received this as a Christmas gift and was delighted. I followed directions EXACTLY - presoaking, misting, temperature range correct, lighting correct. No mushrooms ever appeared from the "front" of the box - several stems tried to grow from the covered sides, withered and died. I harvested one mushroom from "side one." As directed, I repeated the presoak, misting, etc on the second side of the box, with the same results.... nothing from the "back", but several stems weakly tried to grow from the sides, withered and died. One mushoom harvested from that side as well - not a cluster - a single mushroom. I'm so appreciative for the thoughtfulness of the gift givers, but extremely disappointed that the kit was a complete failure. Don't waste your money.
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