Harvesting : The stalks of the mushrooms are taken and broken from the substrate. They should not be torn from the surface. These should be harvested at an early stage. The scars left should not be watered for 3-4 days. Normal yields are 15-30% of the wet weight of the substrate.
Processing : Sun-drying of mushrooms is one of the simplest and oldest methods followed by the growers from the time immemorial. Due to the difficulties in drying of some of the mushrooms, new preservation technologies like cabinet drying, canning, pickling, freeze-drying and irradiation treatment of mushrooms have developed to improve the shelf life and consumption of mushrooms. A variety of products are being prepared from mushrooms. These are mushroom pickle, mushroom powder for preparing mushroom soup, mushroom sauce, mushroom candy etc. Farmers can prepare these products when there is surplus.