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Oyster mushrooms are the most commonly cultivated mushrooms (by hobbiests) in the US. They are considered to be the easiest. But they are also a mushroom that comes in so many different varieties that you'll have trouble telling people what an Oyster mushroom tastes like, and you can't really say that you like them or dislike them unless you've tried an assortment.
They are named for the curved shape of the mushroom, which has a stem that grows on one side of the cap instead of from the middle. Some kinds DO have a fishy smell, but usually after they've aged a bit.
It grows traditionally on logs, but has been induced to grow in sawdust, partially used logs from other mushroom cultivation, even toilet paper rolls (though we feel that the chemicals in TP would be inadvisable in a growing medium if you want healthy and nutritious mushrooms).
Pleurotus Ostreatus is the most commonly NAMED Oyster mushroom, but many of the mushrooms being sold under that name (including grow kits) are actually Pleurotus Pulmonarius.
Pleurotus Ostreatus grows on hardwood sawdust, logs, or debris. Generally referred to as Pearl Oyster, or Gray Oyster. They may be cream colored or gray, and range from dark to light in the color spectrum.
Pleurotus Pulmonarius grows on just about any wood - including sawdust, debris, and logs. It is referred to as Phoenix Oyster. The color ranges from a light creamy brown to a medium gray-brown, with a lighter area near the stem. The color is typically described as being lighter colored than gray Ostreatus, but in fact it may be much darker if the mushrooms are grown in a greenhouse, or other well-lighted spaces.
Pleurotus Populinus is the Aspen Oyster, which grows on Aspen, Cottonwood, Birch, and Alder. It is a cream to tan colored mushroom, with white spores, which is considered a choice edible.
Oyster mushrooms generally make good animal feed for cows, pigs, goats, sheep, and for limited use with chickens, guineas, turkeys, and quail.
Pleurotus varieties may have health benefits for optimizing blood circulation.
Mushrooms may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Some mushrooms are more likely to do this than others. Please research possible reactions prior to purchase. We are not responsible for how you choose to use our products, and do not claim that mushrooms are completely safe to consume. We merely assure that they are as represented on our website.
We do not make any promises as to the efficacy of any mushroom product to treat or prevent any disease or condition. Please consult a doctor or alternative practitioner prior to using any mushroom product for treatment of any disease or illness.
We cannot guarantee that any spawn, spore, or kit product will grow or produce mushrooms. We do guarantee that our products are as described, and that the methods in our instructions do produce good results, but once our products leave our facility, we can no longer control the factors which are responsible for success. Gardening of any kind is a chancy business, and success depends upon adherence to instructions, and may be influenced by weather, environmental factors, and other controllable and non-controllable factors. As such, we cannot guarantee your success, and advise that if you are uncomfortable with purchasing under these terms, that you refrain from purchase.
We do promise to answer your questions, and offer reasonable assistance if needed, and to correct any errors if a mistake is made on our part.