Oyster mushrooms live up to their name: they look like oyster shells and have a mildly seafood-like taste. They are an excellent source of vitamins B and D, amino acids, chitin, glucosamine, and natural statins. They are also high in potassium, fiber and protein, making them a healthy substitute for animal protein. You can enjoy them just by sautéing them with butter, salt and pepper, but they also nicely complement any soup, sauce or stir fry.
These are the six different species of Oyster Mushrooms we offer:
One of the easiest to cultivate, pearl oysters will happily fruit on a variety of substrates and under a wide range of environmental conditions. If this is your first time as a mushroom farmer, we recommend this variety as it is the hardiest and can tolerate some forgetfulness and neglect.
Contrary to the Pearl Oyster which is almost white, the Blue Oyster has a notable blue-gray hue. The contrast between the darker caps and pale gills gives them a very exotic appearance. Unaffected by freezing, Blues are prolific fruiters that thrive in cold weather. They will produce in temperatures between 45-65 degrees; that is why you’ll see this variety available during the colder months.
There is not a hidden metaphor in the name of this mushroom, as it is as bright as a flamingo. Native to the tropics, the Pink Oyster loves warm weather and tolerates extreme heat. Available mid-summer, it can be quickly shipped during the hottest months without suffering any growth slump.
Another hot weather lover, the Yellow Oyster looks more like a flower than a mushroom. The caps are very delicate while growing but by harvest time, they acquire a thick meaty consistency. This mushroom is also known as the Golden Oyster.
The Gray Oyster is very prolific, but it requires low temperatures or a cold shock to start pinning. After that, it will do best at mid-range temperatures. Gourmet chefs around the world appreciate the excellent texture of this specimen: not too hard, not too delicate, but just right.
An oyster of a different sort, the King has a stocky shape with a tender stem and a smaller cap. This is our all time favorite specie, as it is beautiful to watch while growing and a true culinary treat while cooking. It’s also said to have more medicinal characteristics than the other oyster varieties; from anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties to cardiovascular health, this mushroom is truly the king of the oyster family.
Monica V Gallardo Stowe Vermont
Monica Gallardo VT