Shrooly: Smart mushroom growing kit

As an avid amateur mycophile, discovering mushrooms in and around our forests near or far has always offered the satisfaction of a real-life Pokemon game, writes Gregory Han at

While we aspire to “collect them all,” the pursuit is driven more by the possibility of discovery and the opportunity to photograph our fungal friends rather than any desires motivated by edibility (some of the weirdest mushrooms are unsurprisingly inedible, or at best, not choice in flavor or texture).

We’ve mostly left edible mushrooms to the expertise of professional foragers and growers. But the UK-designed Shrooly mushroom growing system presents a convincing option that has piqued our interest in growing some of our favorite varieties from the convenience of our own home.

By now, you’ve probably seen numerous similar smart home hydroponic produce systems utilizing programmed lighting, water, and temperature control systems to coax seeds into greens and fruits such as lettuce or strawberries. Shrooly takes a similar approach, with an app-controlled capsule system that turns spore-inoculated pods into a variety of easy-to-grow shrooms ($12 each), including enoki, maitake, turkey tail, lion’s mane, king oyster, shiitake, chestnut, cordyceps, yellow oysters, and the very photogenic pink oyster.

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