Ramen Mushroom

I love growing mushrooms, and one of my absolute favorites to cultivate is the ramen mushroom. Ramen mushrooms, also known as Hypsizygus tessellatus, are a type of edible mushroom that is commonly used in Asian cuisine, especially in soups and stir-fries. They have a mild, nutty flavor and a firm texture, making them a delightful addition to any dish.

Characteristics of Ramen Mushrooms

Ramen mushrooms have a unique appearance, with a creamy white cap and a long stem. The caps are convex when young, flattening out as they mature, often reaching 5-12 cm in diameter. The gills are initially white, then turn pink and finally dark brown as the mushroom ages. The flesh is firm and white, and the mushrooms have a subtle, earthy aroma that intensifies when cooked.

Growing Conditions

When growing ramen mushrooms, it’s essential to recreate their natural habitat. They thrive in cool, dark, and humid environments, making them well-suited for indoor cultivation. I’ve found that a temperature range of 55-65°F (12-18°C) and high humidity levels of around 80-90% are ideal for their growth. Additionally, they prefer a substrate rich in organic matter, such as sawdust, straw, or compost.

Cultivation Process

One of the best things about growing ramen mushrooms is that they are relatively easy to cultivate. I start by preparing the substrate, usually a mix of hardwood sawdust and wheat bran. After sterilizing the substrate to eliminate any competing microorganisms, I inoculate it with ramen mushroom spawn. Then, I incubate the inoculated substrate in a dark, humid environment until it is fully colonized by the mushroom mycelium. Finally, I induce fruiting by exposing the colonized substrate to fresh air and lower temperatures.

Harvesting and Storage

When the ramen mushrooms are ready for harvest, I carefully twist and pull them from the substrate to avoid damaging the mycelium. It’s important to harvest the mushrooms when the caps are still slightly closed, as they can open up rapidly, dispersing spores and reducing their quality. After harvesting, I store the mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator, where they can stay fresh for up to a week.

Recipes and Culinary Uses

Ramen mushrooms are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. I love adding them to homemade ramen soups, where they complement the broth and other ingredients perfectly. They also work well in stir-fries, adding a delightful textural contrast alongside vegetables and proteins. Their mild flavor makes them an excellent canvas for various seasonings, allowing them to adapt to a wide range of culinary styles.


Growing ramen mushrooms is a rewarding experience that allows me to enjoy these delicious fungi in my meals while also connecting with the natural world. From their unique characteristics to their culinary potential, ramen mushrooms never fail to fascinate me. Whether you’re an avid mushroom enthusiast or a curious cook, I highly recommend exploring the world of ramen mushrooms – you won’t be disappointed!