Matar Mushroom

Matar mushroom is one of my favorite varieties of mushrooms to grow. It’s a delicious and nutritious fungus that pairs so well with a range of dishes. The scientific name for this mushroom is Agaricus bisporus, and it’s commonly known as the common button mushroom. I find the process of growing matar mushroom to be both rewarding and therapeutic. Let’s delve into the details of cultivating this delightful mushroom.

Choosing the Right Location

When it comes to growing matar mushroom, finding the right location is crucial. I prefer setting up a growing area in a dark, cool place such as a basement or a dark corner of the garage. The temperature should ideally be around 55-60°F, and the area should have good air circulation. This provides the perfect environment for the mushrooms to thrive.

Preparation and Substrate

I like to use a compost-based substrate for growing matar mushrooms. The substrate can be prepared by mixing compost, straw, and gypsum. This mixture serves as a nutrient-rich base for the mushrooms to grow. Once the substrate is prepared, it’s essential to sterilize it to prevent the growth of competing fungi or bacteria. This can be done using heat or steam sterilization methods.

Inoculation and Colonization

After the substrate is prepared and sterilized, it’s time for inoculation. I typically use mushroom spawn, which is essentially mushroom mycelium that is ready to colonize a new substrate. The spawn is mixed thoroughly into the prepared substrate, and then the colonization process begins. This is the stage where the mycelium starts to grow and spread throughout the substrate, digesting the nutrients and forming the foundation for mushroom formation.

Harvesting and Enjoying

Once the matar mushrooms have fully colonized the substrate, they start to form tiny primordia, which eventually grow into mature mushrooms. I always find it incredibly exciting to observe the growth and development of these mushrooms. When the caps have fully opened, it’s time to harvest them. I gently twist and pull the mushrooms from the substrate, ensuring that I don’t damage the surrounding mycelium. The harvested mushrooms can then be savored in various dishes, from creamy pastas to flavorful stir-fries.


Growing matar mushroom is a fulfilling experience that allows me to connect with the natural world and enjoy the fruits of my labor. The process of nurturing these mushrooms from substrate to plate is a journey that I always look forward to. I encourage anyone with an interest in mushroom cultivation to try their hand at growing matar mushrooms – the satisfaction of harvesting and cooking with your own homegrown mushrooms is truly unmatched.