I've been playing with an agar culture of this mushroom for almost three months now. I'm unsure of the particular strain but it is one of the four strains KS1-4 which were derived from breeding the cordy kong and cordy zilla strains together. As seen from my failed grow the culture produces a vibrantly orange mycelium and rips through grains. This time I'm going to follow a tried and true method to get the fruits.
Now from my research, cordy mycelium has medicinal properties, and even contains the star chemical cordycepin albeit in smaller amounts. This means that effective medicine can be made from the cultured mycelium.
For the grow I am going with a method derived from a video I watched from MycoLyco. The recipe is not Noah's but he explained it quite well for me. It is as follows:
1Tbs Malt Extract,
1 Tbs Yeast
Fill to 500ml with water
For each jar:
35g dried brown rice
I did three jars with that recipe and one test jar
35g dried brown rice
2 tbsp mixed beans
I then put on high pressure in my Instapot for 75 min.
These were inoculated with agar on March 28th
Here is an up close of the test jar
And one of the tried and true method
So cordy easily fruits in jars so I have some modified lids for these!
The goal is to get some fruits. Lets see how it turns out.
The recipe I used is one of many methods of producing cordyceps fruits. The competition spured from the mainstreaming of cordyceps cultivation first in Asia and later North America has produced a variety of cultivation methods and strain development aimed at creating the best fruiting and most potent cordyceps. The cultivation recipe of William Padilla Brown of by far the most known and used by members here.
Basic Media Recipe
3 cups of Grains (Rice, Millet, Local Wild Grass Seed, Popcorn)
6 cups Water
2 tbsp Sucrose
1 tbsp Corn or Potato Starch
1 tbsp Yeast Extract or Nutritional Yeast (Nitrogen Source)
1 tsp Azomite
For Glass WideMouth Jars
Measure out and fill your quart jars with ¼ cup of dry grain. Fill a container with 6 cups of water,
add your dry ingredients and mix them in one by one. Once your nutrient broth is thoroughly
mixed add ½ cup of the broth into each jar. Close the jar and cover the top with aluminum foil.
Proceed to pressure cook your jars at 15psi for 1hr. Let Jars cool in canner.
From William Padilla Brown's cordyceps handbook vol.1
I have not tried it myself.
A big thing that my recipe is missing compared to Brown's is minerals, provided by the Azomite. Because my eggs are pasture raised I believe the egg could have the minerals because these chickens are out eating grubs and dirt. Nevertheless I am curious to see how these turn out.
Would cordyceps mycelium grown on pure brown rice have a comparable amount of medicine to that of cordyceps grown on amended brown rice?
Edited by Moonless, 30 March 2021 - 09:07 PM.