Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus Ostreatus), which means “sideways oyster”, sounds like something you would find in the sea, but they are one of the favorite edible fungus that you can find around the world.
Oyster mushrooms are among the top cultivated mushrooms in the world for consumption. They are easy to grow and are common throughout the world. The fact that they also have a very good culinary taste plays on their advantage. Oysters can be brown, tan, gray, white, pink and even yellow.
Oyster mushrooms are saprotroph; this means that the mushroom feeds on dead and decaying matter, mainly wood. This mushroom grows outdoors on dead hardwoods and fruits during spring and fall all around the world.
the oyster mushroom’s mycelia can kill and digest nematodes. It is believed that the mushroom obtains nitrogen this way, which makes this mushroom also a carnivorous mushroom.
The caps of oyster mushrooms can grow fairly large, about 25 cm to 30 cm long, and are shaped like a fan or oyster. The caps have a convex shape when they are young, and as the mushrooms ages, the caps will flatten out and become concave with the cap rolling downwards.
They have a sweet scent, and nutty or earthy taste, and a meaty texture. These mushrooms are full of nutrients and rich in fiber, which is very good for the human body and digestive system.
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