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Oyster Mushroom


Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Oysters from very early in the year but they were very mature and not good eating.
Oysters from very early in the year but they were very mature and not good eating.
An edible variant on pleurotus ostreatus, the pink oyster mushroom. Thanks to Karen Reed for the photo.
An edible variant on pleurotus ostreatus, the pink oyster mushroom. Thanks to Karen Reed for the photo.
Pleurotus ostreatus, The Grey Oyster mushroom.
Pleurotus ostreatus, The Grey Oyster mushroom.
Pleurotus ostreatus, The Grey Oyster mushroom.
Pleurotus ostreatus, The Grey Oyster mushroom.
Pleurotus pulmonarius, The White Oyster mushroom.
Pleurotus pulmonarius, The White Oyster mushroom.
Old Oyster mushrooms.
Old Oyster mushrooms.
Oyster Mushrooms growing from some chip board.
Oyster Mushrooms growing from some chip board.


Mushroom Type Edible
   
Latin Name Pleurotus ostreatus
   
Season Start All year
Season End All year
   
Maximum height (CM) 0
Maximum width (CM) 15
   
Smell Mushroomy with sweet milky overtones.
Gills White but turning slightly yellow and running most of the way down the stem. Crowded.
Spore Print Lilac. Cylindrical.
Stem White and opening out to the cap when present as sometimes the cap appears to comes straight from the tree.
Cap Convex and shell-shaped when young opening out flatter with wavy, sometimes split edges. Smoky grey/silver/brown.
Flesh White. Tough in the stem.
Habitat Deciduous trees, particularly beech. Grows in large shelf-like clusters on stumps and fallen wood.
Taste Excellent. Mushroomy.
Possible Confusion Other oyster mushrooms which can be pink, white or yellow. These are all edible as long as there are some caps that are palm (as in hand) sized as there is a poisonous lookalike but the cap never grows more than the size of a two pence piece .
Description Fairly common but localised. Can be found in large numbers when lucky.
The Oyster mushroom has some amazing properties one of which is that it is a carnivorous mushroom which traps and ingests nematode worms to provide it with nitrogen and other useful chemicals.
The Pleurotus family contain statins which are thought to help reduce cholesterol.
Another is the fact that they have the ability to clean up pollution by hydrocarbons like petrol and oil which is quite incredible and evidence of this can be found at.
www.wildfooduk.com/articles/mushrooms-can-save-the-planet/