MUSHROOM | How Does it Grow?
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MUSHROOM | How Does it Grow?

September 8, 2019

Can you name a vegetable
that doesn’t need sunlight to grow? You can’t. I know you can’t
because it’s a trick question. All vegetables get their energy
to grow from the sun, but there’s something else we eat
that’s mistakenly called a vegetable, which prefers the dark. It’s a mushroom, but – How Does It Grow? Mushrooms are actually the fruit
of a fungus that grows underground. They’re great for your inmune system
and an amazing source of potassium – that’s good for your blood pressure. One portobello mushroom has even
more potassium than a banana. The reason you never see
a wide open field of mushrooms, like you see a field of lettuce or corn, is because farmers grow
their mushrooms indoors. But we’re among the lucky few
who get to go inside. Chester County, Pennsylvania,
is the mushroom capital of America. Half of all the mushrooms
produced in the US come from here, and we’re at Phillips Mushroom Farms, one of the area’s biggest growers. Jim Angelucci has been growing
mushrooms here for 40 years. You can’t look cute in a hairnet! The planting beds are six racks high
in this mushroom house, which can produce nearly
a million mushrooms in one harvest. Usually it’s misty and wet because if there’s one thing
a mushroom loves most is moisture. 92% of a mushroom is made of water. (Jim): The mushroom… On a mushroom, this is the cap, obviously, the stem, and this white stretched piece
of tissue here is called the “veil”, and as the mushroom matures,
and in a couple of days, this mushroom… this veil will actually
pull away from the stem, and expose the gills. (Nicole): These are the gills? (Jim): These are the gills. Mushrooms don’t have seeds,
they have spores; they’re microscopic. Every mushroom has
about 16 billion spores. (Nicole): 16 billion… (Jim): 16…that’s what they told me… (Nicole): This is the fungus,
and the fungus works like the root system of the mushroom.
(Jim): Correct. (Jim): After about 14 days, the mycelium has reached the surface. The mystical thing about mushrooms is that it will double
their size in 24 hours. When they harvest the mushrooms,
what they…our harvesters do is — they grab the mushroom,
push down and twist, and pull it up and then this…the bottom
is trimmed with the knife. (Nicole): Every single one? (Jim): Every single one.
(Nicole) Wow… (Nicole): But not all mushrooms
prefer to grow in the ground. Some prefer to grow in trees
and decaying logs, like Shiitake, a mushroom
you’ll often find in Asian cooking. To grow Shiitake, farmers make their own fake logs
out of sawdust and other plant material. The logs, of course,
have to be kept moist. In the forest, that would be the job of
the rain and the shade of overhead trees; on the farm, the logs get dunked. The farm grows
other log-loving mushrooms, like Oyster, Royal Trumpet, and Maitake, also called,
Hen-of-the-Woods, they’re famous for
their cancer fighting qualities. They are even these crazy looking,
spongy Pom Poms, sometimes called, Monkey Heads. When all the mushrooms are picked, they come to the farm’s packing center where they are sorted,
packaged, and shipped off to thousands of grocery stores
across the country, ready to be eaten.


  • Reply willam Estrada February 15, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Kenneth Square,PA baby!!

  • Reply clayprass prass March 1, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    What is a white asparagus then if I may ask

  • Reply Anusha M March 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Please make more videos…

  • Reply Emil Cozianu April 28, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Correction: LIGHT and not SUN.
    Vegetables are grown indoors as well under lights..
    So as above… LIGHT and not SUN

  • Reply watsup chava May 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    any other junkies?

  • Reply sushil thapa June 3, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    what about the morel mushroom?

  • Reply Jesus Of Suburbia June 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Do they also grow truffles?

  • Reply R_SPhoenix June 7, 2018 at 4:04 am

    i love mushrooms

  • Reply Robbie Vigil June 9, 2018 at 1:11 am

    I was gonna add to my subscriptions but I dont have too mushroom.

  • Reply Stephen June 9, 2018 at 5:01 am

    How are we like mushrooms? We're kept in the dark and fed bulls*t.

  • Reply Mit.07.AF June 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Potassium is good for blood pressure???? Wtf are you talking about?

  • Reply Chelsea Chow June 9, 2018 at 4:45 pm


  • Reply TommyMLe June 10, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Ahh, such a shame that I can't eat mushrooms🍄😔😢. They look like they taste amazing! 🤔🍄🍽

  • Reply Mikes Science June 14, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I’m from this area and 50% of the entire worlds mushrooms are grown here

  • Reply srinivas ranjan June 20, 2018 at 2:42 am

    I get bonner when i think about food or you… 🙄

  • Reply TriclopsGamer593 June 20, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Why is this video blocked in South Korea?
    It says "Mushroom" in the title there for is must be blocked. Courtesy of the inefficient south korean high speed internet.

  • Reply Vero F June 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm


  • Reply Paco LS June 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    You're very georgeus and lovely

  • Reply R. T. July 7, 2018 at 2:48 am

    So what happens if a poison mushroom grows somewhere in the farm ?

  • Reply pa 9 July 7, 2018 at 5:12 am

    very good video ….thank you!

  • Reply Mani Shankar July 13, 2018 at 6:42 am


  • Reply Eric George July 31, 2018 at 9:54 am

    It sounds kind of weird eating fungus, but millions of us do it, every day!!

  • Reply Dr Nitesh August 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    You cutie no matter what is on or off…..

  • Reply Dr Nitesh August 2, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    See you in the US soon College Park Maryland…

  • Reply Polybius August 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm


  • Reply Ada K. August 22, 2018 at 1:07 am

    You got me at "spongy pom pom".

  • Reply An Jhe August 26, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Im literally afraid of mushroms why am I watching this

  • Reply Ngọc Anh September 2, 2018 at 3:44 am

    what is the hair net used for, please>

  • Reply Direk Sky September 5, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I like her

  • Reply Victor Favoreto September 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    What the hell? Who thinks mushrooms are vegetables??! Only americans…

  • Reply Vida no Campo September 9, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Linda, inteligente, simpática, elegante; um anjo!

  • Reply Ingrid Chagas September 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Vocês poderiam legendar em PT BR…

  • Reply Agustín Echevarría September 18, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    if it doubles in size every 2 hours…..

  • Reply Dana Choi September 19, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    In my previous School we are culturing mushrooms including shiitake mushroom and Oyster mushroom until now.

  • Reply Alysha Juguan September 26, 2018 at 7:35 am

    This is very educational. Thank you.

  • Reply Tristan Adriel September 28, 2018 at 10:06 am

    what does it smell like in there?

  • Reply Private World October 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else trying to find out how do you grow mushrooms try Vaxicorn Mushroom Maker Guide (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my mate got great success with it.

  • Reply InfinityOrchid October 25, 2018 at 12:32 am

    the monkey mushroom is amazing, taste like chicken.

  • Reply james dean October 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Potassium is not good for your Blood pressure. In fact it may be troublesome if your kidneys aren't healthy

  • Reply Nuelly 28 November 6, 2018 at 9:42 am

    its too short 🙁 could u make it longer please

  • Reply Jeff McBob November 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Bullshit UV lights can be used to grow vegetables

  • Reply 408.Dat November 9, 2018 at 12:29 am

    tries growing magic shrooms

  • Reply Hunter Hensley November 10, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Tell my you can't look you in a hairnet when you're only 7 months old and it can you factory

  • Reply Your Precious Trash November 11, 2018 at 6:10 am

    I didnt recall doing anything like that to grow this mushroom called "pheenees" 🍄 and it has 2 extra peanuts on it 🥜🥜. Can you explain to me, im so confused..

  • Reply Saki Taki2 November 12, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Pls update this cause there is a season 2

  • Reply salman zaheer November 15, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Great information

  • Reply IKARUZ ESMO November 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    How Does it Grow?

  • Reply ratatat83 November 29, 2018 at 2:17 am

    I love these videos. And the host is so engaging to watch, I just want to be her friend! Thank you for making these entertaining and educational videos.

  • Reply Adrian Some Random November 29, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Native and naturally grown in the ground mushrooms are way better tasting than those cultured ones.

  • Reply Room 9 December 2, 2018 at 11:14 pm


  • Reply Troy Russell December 2, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Wow! Amazing…

  • Reply Daniel Thompson December 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful woman.

  • Reply manmachine30 December 8, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Love the mushroom!!!!

  • Reply driver8m3 December 8, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Fyi…I noted an error in this video.

    Nicole can indeed look cute in a hairnet.

  • Reply Matt B. December 11, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Asparagus? White asparagus that is.

  • Reply Debasish Paul December 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    This is the video i was looking for

  • Reply Mini Gopalan December 25, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Do we get seeding material

  • Reply Ed X Dcube December 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Mushrooms mushrooms mushrooms. My favorite Mushrooms 😍

  • Reply Cloud Of Time December 30, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    How about that white asparagus you did a video on, which you claimed never sees the sun?

  • Reply BigHunTraps December 30, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    3:25 those are Lion's mane mushrooms

  • Reply Y N December 31, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Don't forget to go to the forest for wild mushrooms!!

  • Reply Mohsin khan January 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Hey lady , I love you. 😍

  • Reply Dabbing Unicorn January 3, 2019 at 9:48 am

    They Should Have Dozens Of Dozens Of dozens Of Wash Areas

  • Reply indo raptor January 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

    I love to eat mushrooms 🍄🍄😊

  • Reply Sardar Sons shahid January 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    it helped me with the fungi chapter in biology.
    this is educational. thanks😃

  • Reply L Rodriguez January 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    she can get a mushroom

  • Reply Jonas W. January 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Isn't it dangerous in the room with all the spors flying around?

  • Reply Tahmim Chowdhury January 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Is it an intro? Its definitely not a full video

  • Reply Matthew Polo January 31, 2019 at 11:32 am

    FUN-(GIRL) VID..

  • Reply Asano En February 5, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Great video….

  • Reply Aa Mm February 10, 2019 at 11:37 am

    I feel like i found my purpose

  • Reply Sherie Adams February 14, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I subscribe after this video!🍄

  • Reply Yuen Lim February 23, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Mushrooms make me happy =1

  • Reply Brian Frumps February 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Magic mushrooms grow wild in florida

  • Reply DEMOKRASI INDNESIA March 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    you very pretty
    love you

  • Reply Beth Farms March 22, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    You still look cute in a hair net, We call the the white ball type mushroom lions mane.

  • Reply Devo Castler March 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    A harmless bit of misinformation in the video: the mycelium isn't the "root system" of the mushroom. it's the actual "animal", and the mushroom is its reproductive organ.

  • Reply Phoenixesper1 March 28, 2019 at 2:41 am

    "Can you name one vegetable that can grow without sunlight? You can't!"
    Actually every plant on earth can grow without sunlight, they have reserve energy supplies in the form of sugar that allow for growth in… you guessed it, the dark. It's not much growth, but cell division is happening. What plants "can't" do without sunlight is replenish their energy reserves. So your statement should have been "can you name one vegetable that can produce energy without sunlight, you can't!"

  • Reply Nayan Gavit April 10, 2019 at 4:01 am

    hey loved the video…can you please make this video mushroom cultivation on the business point of view? I'm seeing forward to do that but I don't know anything about it's market if you can …make that…it would be much helpful😊

  • Reply Mark Connor April 19, 2019 at 2:41 pm


  • Reply Mark Connor April 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Great vid .

  • Reply Titties Bigglesby April 19, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I'm shocked I've never seen your channel before! This vid was great.

  • Reply Harsh G April 26, 2019 at 8:21 am

    As a plant pathology and agriculture microbiology student, me and my friends harvested mushrooms in our colleges mushroom production unit in Pune. After watching this, got nostalgic feelings. Beautifully explained informative video.

  • Reply Angelie Ignacio April 28, 2019 at 8:31 am

    I love mushrooms

  • Reply Shane Richins May 9, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I like this channel but would like to see fewer unfounded health claims. Cancer fighting properties? Are you claiming a cure? A preventative? What peer reviewed evidence is there to support the cancer fighting claims?

  • Reply Constant Chaos May 12, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Who else is watching to get hyped for 2019 foraging?

  • Reply Richard Williams June 13, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I see some mushrooms popping up in my garden wish I could eat them

  • Reply andrea giudici June 17, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    mann she is so gorgeous!

  • Reply Brian Chesa June 21, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else is searching for how do you grow mushrooms at home try Panlarko Grow Mushroom Planner (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my mate got excellent results with it.

  • Reply Meshak Vanlalliana June 24, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Did u see the magic shroom

  • Reply DrascoFilms June 30, 2019 at 1:02 am

    i live in Pittsburgh, PA how can i get involved

  • Reply Time Traveler From The Past July 18, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Dam let me have time to respond!

  • Reply Dinesh Birendra July 20, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Musroom is my favourite

  • Reply Rosa Gonzalez August 7, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Mario knows were to go know

  • Reply guru yachendra August 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Beautiful voice beautiful vedio narrated by beautiful women

  • Reply jojo e ledesma August 13, 2019 at 6:46 am

    nice video

  • Reply Sherry Sherry August 18, 2019 at 12:19 am


  • Reply David Mora August 23, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Hella LEVEL UP

  • Reply XxRADICAL CONxX August 28, 2019 at 5:57 am

    How beautiful

  • Reply bob roberts August 28, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    How do they keep bacteria levels in check in such humid dark places?

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