Over the past year, I've been giving 'grow you own at home' a try and I think everyone should. I love using herbs when cooking and many times I go to the supermarket to buy fresh herbs and they don't have the one I want, thus, I embarked on growing my own - so much more convenient and super easy to do (although, a few of my herbs did die off, but it is a learning process).
Another ingredient I love to cook with (my favourite veg too) is mushrooms. And, did you know you can grow your own in the kitchen? Well, you can with Grocycle.
Grocycle's aim is to keep coffee waste out of landfill and they do this by turning it into fertile compost that they use in their kits, so you can grow your Gourmet Mushrooms.
We were sent the Grokids pack for review. The kit is a simple cardboard box with a grow bag of the coffee grounds compost. Each kit has the mushroom roots ready and waiting to be watered.
- a grow at home mushroom kit
- a pack of dried mushrooms
- an educational activity booklet
When you receive your box, keeping the bag in the box, you first have to cut a cross in the front of the bag, aligned with the cutout in the box. You then remove the bag from the box (put the box to one side - you need that later) and submerge the bag in water overnight. You then place it back into the box and spray the front of the bag each and everyday.... Watch your mushrooms grow.
I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly the mushrooms grew, every day they got bigger and bigger - the kids were fascinated and loved spraying water on it everyday and seeing how they had grown overnight. Within a week we had a bunch of mushrooms ready to harvest that you can then cook and eat.
Once you have harvested your mushrooms, you can follow the process again of soaking the bag and watching mushroom grow for a 2nd and 3rd time. Grocycle offers a 2 crop grow guarantee.
RRP £19.99 - this is a fun and educational kit; great for the kids to get involved, and it encourages them to want to grow other things.