Are you familiar with the blue oyster mushroom? It gets its name from the distinctive blue color it has when it starts growing. Keep reading to learn more about this incredible mushroom.
What is a blue oyster mushroom?
The blue oyster mushroom is an easy mushroom for beginners to grow, as it grows very aggressively and will survive many conditions that would destroy a lot of other mushroom variants. It varies in size depending on the conditions in which it is grown, but overall they grow very rapidly.
Where and how do they grow?
When grown in the ideal conditions of high CO2, which enables it to undergo the high levels of fresh air exchange it needs to flourish, blue oyster mushrooms have small caps and sizable stems. It grows best on the following substrates:
- Wood (Use Rye Grain Spawn)
- Straw (Use Rye Grain Spawn)
- Coffee Grounds
- Waste Paper
- Sugar Cane
Benefits of the blue oyster mushroom
Apart from being easy to grow, the blue oyster mushroom also has a myriad of health benefits such as:
- It improves your heart health by lowering your cholesterol and it contains amino acids that maintain the health of your blood vessels.
- It can improve your Immune system.
- It’s a good source of protein, and doesn’t contain excessive fat.
- It strengthens your bones.
Can you eat blue oyster mushrooms?
The answer is yes! Blue Oyster mushrooms aren’t just edible, they’re also versatile and delicious. It has a meaty texture.
What part of Blue Oyster mushroom do you eat?
The entirety of this mushroom can be eaten. It can be prepared in any way you prefer, whether stewed, fried, sauteed, you name it and it can be done. However, due to the chewy nature of the stems, they may not work well in some meals.
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