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Oys­ter mush­rooms have a del­i­cate flavour and soft, vel­vety tex­ture. They cook quickly so are great in stir-fries or soups, or sautéed with spring onions and gar­lic, and are easy to grow. Straw kit with spawn, breath­able bag of straw and tie, £16.99 Do­bies 0844 967 0303; www.do­bies.co.uk Book spawn. Pour boil­ing wa­ter over a thick old book and add spawn, £9.99 for 50g spawn Sut­tons 0844 326 2200; www.sut­tons.co.uk

Chest­nut mush­rooms are a dark-capped, strong-flavoured mush­room that’s great eaten raw or cooked in omelettes and casseroles. Win­dowsill kit with tray, lid and pre-spawned sub­strate, £9.99 Do­bies 0844 967 0303; www.do­bies.co.uk Ready-grow­ing kit with teeny ‘pin­head stage’ mush­rooms, £9.65 Mer­ry­hill Mush­rooms 01903 743238; www.mer­ry­hill-mush­rooms.co.uk

Shi­itake mush­rooms have a meaty tex­ture and a smoky rich flavour. Use stems in stocks and caps in stir-fries and pasta dishes. Ready-pre­pared kits are a ma­jor ad­van­tage since shi­itake are slower to grow, £12.45 Mer­ry­hill Mush­rooms 01903 743238; www.mer­ry­hill-mush­rooms.co.uk Win­dowsill kit with tray, lid and pre-spawned sub­strate, £9.99 Do­bies 0844 967 0303; www.do­bies.co.uk

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