Spore prints are easier to store than whole mushrooms because they are much smaller and do not contain any moisture. Spore prints are created by placing the cap of a mushroom on a piece of paper or other surface and allowing the spores to fall onto it. This creates a pattern or “print” of the mushroom’s spores, which can then be collected and preserved.
Another reason that spore prints are easier to store is that they can be preserved for a longer period of time than whole mushrooms. When properly stored, spore prints can remain viable for many years, allowing them to be used for research or cultivation purposes. In contrast, whole mushrooms typically have a short shelf life and can only be stored for a few days or weeks before they begin to deteriorate.
Overall, the small size and dryness of spore prints make them more convenient and easier to store than whole mushrooms.