What is an Oyster mushroom?
Oyster mushrooms, the common name for the species Pleurotus ostreatus, are one of the most common types of cultivated mushrooms in the world. They’re also known as pearl oyster mushrooms or tree oyster mushrooms. The Funghi grow naturally on and near trees in temperate and subtropic forests around the world, and they’re grown commercially in many countries. Oyster mushrooms are eaten in a variety of cuisines and are especially popular in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking. They can be dried and are typically eaten cooked.
Both the Latin and common names refer to the shape of the fruiting body. The Latin Pleurotus (sideways) refers to the sideways growth of the stem with respect to the cap, while the Latin ostreatus (and the English common name, oyster) refers to the shape of the cap which resembles the bivalve of the same name. Many also believe that the name is fitting due to a flavour resemblance to oysters.
The name oyster mushroom is also applied to other Pleurotus species, so P. ostreatus is sometimes referred to as the tree oyster mushroom or the grey oyster mushroom to differentiate it from other species in the genus.
Here’s a quick look at why Oyster mushrooms are so good for you.
Oyster mushrooms are:
- low in calories
- very low in sodium
At the same time, they’re also high in:
- protein & fibre
- iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus & selenium
- folic acid
- vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B12
- vitamin C & vitamin D
Oyster Mushrooms are not just tasty, they are really healthy too…but don’t just take our word for it!
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