Blue Oyster Mushroom
The blue oyster mushroom, pleurotus ostreatus columbinus, is a cold-weather variety known for its blue-grey color and meaty texture. It is a very versatility in culinary uses. Found throughout North America, this wood-loving species can be used in a variety of dishes, especially soups and pastas. The flavor is unique and delicious. Dried mushrooms can be re-hydrated in water or directly placed in soups and stews.
Properties: Oyster mushrooms have a high protein content, several B vitamins, and all the essential amino acids (Marley, 2009). Their medicinal benefits include promoting anti-tumor activity and lowering high cholesterol. Oyster mushroom fruiting bodies and distillations have been shown to reduce tumor size in several studies on mice, rats, and hamsters (Hobbs, 1995). Additionally, Oyster mushrooms have been used in the Czech Republic as the main ingredient in a dietary supplement used to treat high cholesterol (Hobbs, 1995). Studies in animals have shown that a diet of Oyster mushrooms reduced the development of plaque in major arteries (Bobek et al., 1995).
Bear’s Head Mushroom
Bear’s Head mushroom, hericium americanum, is a close relative to the well-known Lion’s Mane mushroom and shares many of its characteristics and can be used interchangeably for the same. It is a cold-weather variety which prefers hardwoods and can be found growing in the wild throughout North America.
This particularly delicious mushroom has many culinary uses, and makes an excellent replacement for crab or lobster meat.
Black Pearl Mushroom
The Black Pearl Oyster mushroom, a hybrid between pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster mushroom) and pleurotus eringii, (King Oyster mushroom) is a delicious and very meaty mushroom indeed.
Excellent paired with steak or in stews, this robust mushroom stands up well in many culinary applications.
Depending on growth parameters, it may take one of several forms including more Oyster-like, taller and thin, or even more King-like morphology.
A fan-favorite and one of ours, too!
Pink Oyster Mushroom
Pink Oyster Mushrooms, pleurotus djamor, is one of the most visually striking and absolutely beautiful mushrooms we cultivate. The vibrant pink color of this tropical wood-loving mushroom fades to a creamy color when cooked, but that is a fair trade given that this is when it develops its excellent flavor.
The texture of this mushroom is springy and robust, excellent in cream sauces and stir-fries. A pleasure to look at, work with, and savor.
White Elm Oyster
White Elm Oyster, pleurotus ostreatus, is a delicate and delicious mushroom, perfect for stir-fry, soups and anywhere you would button mushrooms. Delicious in cream dishes. A family favorite when batter-dipped and deep-fried!