Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms, also known as oyster caps, tree mushrooms, tree oyster mushrooms, summer oyster mushrooms, pleurotte and shimeji, are fan-shaped mushrooms that grow both wild and cultivated, usually on rotting tree trunks.

The cap can vary in color from pale gray to dark brownish-gray with grayish-white stems. While raw oyster mushrooms have a robust and slightly peppery taste, cooking mellows their flavor substantially.

Oyster mushrooms are an excellent source of niacin and riboflavin and contain the phytonutrients beta-glucan and L-ergothioneine.

Selecting and Storing Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms are available year-round, particularly in specialty produce and Asian markets. Young oyster mushrooms - which are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and under - are considered the best. Canned oyster mushrooms are also available and should be rinsed before using.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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