Back to the Roots offers a new concept of growing your own mushrooms, with a distinctive garden kit. Back to the Roots Grow Your Own Mushroom Garden Kit lets you grow up to over one pound of gourmet, tasty oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days, right from the box.
The box contains recycled coffee ground inside, which acts as the soil and all you need to do is mist twice a day and watch nature do its thing. Back to the Roots’ Mushroom Garden grows multiple crops, at least 2, though some have got up to 4.
The mushroom kit grows gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms. Commonly found in Europe and Asia, Pearl Oyster mushrooms are being used increasingly in lots of cuisines due to their delicate velvety texture, pleasantly smooth taste and highly-dense nutrient content. The company is also currently working on offering a shiitake mushrooms kit.
In addition, Back to the Roots plays an important role in the community, always working with eco-friendly goals such as reducing landfills, community gardens, creating local jobs, and much more. How are the mushroom kits more sustainable? Mushrooms, specifically oyster and shiitake, are currently grown world-wide on wood chips. Unfortunately, these wood chips are often formed through the destruction of hardwood forests in much of the developing world.
However, coffee grounds are a perfect substitute substrate on which to grow these mushrooms; more importantly, using this “coffee waste” soil bypasses many preparatory processes required when using wood, resulting in a more efficient mushroom yield. Thus, this “trash” is in fact a valuable substance that can help save oak forests, and eliminate waste. Back to the Roots is on track to redirect over 1 million lbs or recycled coffee grounds by the end of this year.