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Mushroom Machinery - From the Farm to the Consumer

February 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

There are over 20 species of edible mushrooms that are cultivated and sold to the consumer. They are cultivated in over 60 countries around the world, and some poisonous mushrooms can be processed to be safe for consumption. One of the most common mushrooms in North America is the white, or button, mushroom, which is delivered fresh to the grocery store and ready for cooking.

Before they arrive on the grocery store shelves, however, there are several processes that must take place, starting with the growing process on the farm. Planting, picking, climate control, and sorting are all done on the farm, and require a variety of mushroom machinery to get achieve the final product.

Climate is extremely important when growing mushrooms, and there are now computers and other machinery that can automatically control the air temperature and adjust as necessary, according to set specifications.

Picking can also be an automated process and done with mushroom machinery, depending on the size of the farm. Some farmers hire people to pick them, which some might say is a type of machinery as well.

Once the mushrooms are fully grown, they are ready to be cultivated and made ready for shipping to the consumer. There are several types of machinery needed, and several different processes that the mushroom must undergo. Dirt and other debris must be cleaned off of the mushrooms, so cleaning machinery is needed; this is a delicate process because the mushrooms are quite fragile and can be damaged easily.

Once cleaned, they go through a sorting, counting, hydration and suction drying process. There are a variety of mushroom machinery devices to accomplish this. The machines can be fully customized to certain specifications. They can be fully automated, or partially automated.

Another type of mushroom machinery is the slicer. Some consumers like to purchase their product already sliced, making it quicker and easier for them to use at home.

Once they have been cleaned, sorted and graded, they are ready to be packaged. Mushroom machinery can get this job done in very little time. There are different types of packaging available, including vacuum sealing. The type of packaging used will depend on whether the mushrooms are going to be delivered, fresh, frozen or dried. Part of the packaging process consists of labeling the product with the type of mushroom, and the name of the farm.

The mushrooms are now ready for transport to the grocery store, or warehouse. This requires another type of machinery - a truck that has special refrigeration units inside the trailer, to make sure that they stay fresh and don't spoil. The truck delivers its load to the store, which is unpacked by the store staff, then stocked on the shelves, ready for the consumer.

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