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Mushroomate creates grow it yourself oyster mushroom kits. It all started when the founder, Esperanza Chua, was helping her daughter with a school sustainability project. They came up with the idea of growing oyster mushrooms using waste materials (used coffee grounds free from Esperanza's work cafe, cheap barley straw) and re-usable/recycled buckets. They have been hooked ever since!


They were amazed at how easy it was to grow premium quality, delicious mushrooms at home and decided to start manufacturing the mushroom kits for others to experience and enjoy.

The goal at Mushroomate is to encourage Kiwi families, schools and local communities to learn how to grow our New Zealand endemic/native mushrooms variety rather than imported species.

Available mushrooms include the gray coloured Pleurotus pulmonarius, commonly known as the Indian Oyster, Italian Oyster, Phoenix Mushroom, or the Lung Oyster. Exquisite and flavourful, it can be served as raw or cooked lighty. Simply fry with butter garlic, add to salad or any favourite stir-fry and soup dishes.

Also, Pleurotus Parsonsiae, the white oyster mushroom, which is  closely related to the pink flamingo oyster mushrooms. It has a meaty texture makes it an excellent substitute for meat.


Established: 2020.

Manufactured: Auckland.  

Products: Grow it yourself mushroom kits in a variety of colours; refills; individual buckets; and gift boxes.


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