Blue Oyster Mushrooms


This light grey, fluted shaped mushroom grows in clusters. It is tangy when raw and mild when cooked and has a slightly chewy nature. It is an excellent component of soups or stir fry's. Oyster mushrooms are common throughout the US, typically growing on dead hard wood trees.



Kingdom:Fungi

Phylum:Basidiomycota

Class:Agaricomycetes

Order:Agaricales

Family:Pleurotaceae

Genus:Pleurotus


Oyster Mushrooms can clean up oil spills!

Paul Stamets is one of the leading researchers using mushrooms to clean up contaminated sites. 

The mushroom absorbs the contaminant and denatures it or breaks it down into a simpler form. It releases enzymes that break down hydrogen bonds in the oil. 

Oyster mushrooms were built to break down all kinds of hydrocarbon contaminants. Stamets says the mushroom can break down herbicides, pesticides, and all sorts of PETROLEUM based fuels. 

He inoculated a contaminated site with oyster mushrooms and not only did the mushroom break down the oil, it created an entirely new ecosystem.
once the mushroom decomposed, flies came in, once the flies came in- birds came and dropped seeds. the seeds turned into plants. after 8-10 weeks, the contaminated site was an oasis of life!

 Source: Mushroom Mountain

Source: Mushroom Mountain

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Recipes

BBQ Oyster Mushroom Sliders

BUFFALO OYSTER MUSHROOMS 

Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry 

Simple Oyster Mushroom Recipe (vegan)


Research:

Comparative Effects of Oyster Mushrooms on Lipid Profile, Liver and Kidney Function in Hypercholesterolemic Rats
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3749453/

Anti-inflammatory activity of edible oyster mushroom is mediated through the inhibition of NF-κB and AP-1 signaling.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21575254

Antioxidant and antifungal potential of Pleurotus ostreatus and Agrocybe cylindracea basidiocarps and mycelia.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25483715

Antioxidant activity of the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on CCl(4)-induced liver injury in rats.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16914248

Pleurotus ostreatus inhibits proliferation of human breast and colon cancer cells through p53-dependent as well as p53-independent pathway.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19020765