All About Oyster Mushrooms
The oyster mushroom. Pleurotus. This common edible mushroom, most often found in its gray form, actually has 202 species of edible mushrooms in the family. One of the easier mushroom varieties to farm, the oyster mushroom has become a home grower favorite. Requiring very little investment when making your mushroom growing kit, the oyster mushroom is an ideal starter mushroom for new growers. Oysters are loved for their attractive growth as well as the variety of colors. In addition, they are prized for their versatility in the culinary arena. With the right mushroom growing supplies, you too can grow any one of these beauties as well as hundreds more.
Oyster mushrooms are one of the most widely cultivated mushrooms in the world. The Pleurotus ostreatus or white oyster mushroom has been in commercial cultivation since World War 1. Germany used the mushrooms for a subsistence measure during foods shortages. In fact, they have even become a vegetarian and vegan staple used in place of seafood. Available in Asian markets and health food stores worldwide, oyster mushrooms are easily grown by even the most beginner mycologist.