There are two types of edible mushroom depending on how they are grown. The first one is the natural from the wilds and the second is the cultured.
During rainy season, usually from month of June to August, the mushroom naturally grow in the wilds.Usually on small humps of soil, the home of termites. And there is one more requirement for it to grow, the lightning. It grows during rainy days and when the lightnings are striking. Its true base from my observation but I cannot explain scientifically. I need to consult the experts.
Edible mushroom can be grown whole year round without lightning. The mushroom spores are placed inside the plastic tube with mixed media. Then arranged in a house-like structure with controlled temperature and humidity.
What are the taste differences of natural grown mushroom and the cultured mushroom? Many people say that natural is superior. The cultured have a bland taste. My tongue is not sensitive enough to notice though.
Now our ultimate aim is to have the natural grown mushroom whenever we want it. Is it possible? Yeah it is indeed possible. During mushroom growing season, there is a surplus in supply. My brother bring home plenty of mushroom almost everyday. Many of them are wasted… its so tiring to eat mushroom from morning till dawn. The surplus mushrooms can be saved for future cooking.
I know a family who are cooking naturally grown mushroom occasionally the whole year round. They even said their stock last until the next mushroom season. They are buying many mushroom, clean it, bag it, and place in freezer. The mushrooms last in freezer with intermittent power interruptions. There is no degradation in quality.