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BLUE OYSTER MUSHROOM CULTIVATION
Grain Spawn - this is used for outdoor straw or wood-chip beds or commercial indoor production using sawdust or straw. You do not use grain spawn for log inoculation. Grain spawn comes in bags approximately 6 lbs each.
Choose between the following two strains of Blue Oyster grain spawn. If you have no preference, choose the 'Our Pick;' option and we'll send you either strain.
'Harbor Blue'Pleurotus ostreatusNSPO1: This is a very productive commercial strain from Pennsylvania. It produces dense clusters with dark gray/blue caps. It produces best in cooler temperatures but also performs well during the warmer months. Averages 1-2 lbs first flush off of 5lb supplemented sawdust blocks but will also produce off sterilized straw substrate.
'Shmoyster' Pleurotus ostreatus NSPO15: An alternative blue oyster strain. Lighter in color than our PO1 with impressive yields. A serious oyster with a serious name.
Outdoor Beds - With Oyster mushrooms you may also choose to use grain spawn to inoculate outdoor straw beds. We've had success growing Blue Oyster mushrooms in our raised garden beds by sprinkling grain spawn in the beds in the spring. We had Blue Oysters growing right out of our soil!
Oyster mushrooms are a great mushroom for beginners. They colonize quickly and are reliable producers. Great for commercial cultivation, especially grown on straw.
Cooking: Blue Oysters can easily replace button mushrooms in most recipes and pair well with many cuisines and flavors. Like all Oyster mushrooms, they retain water and may develop a viscous texture when undercooked. If you prefer a firm or dryer texture, continue to cook Oysters until their liquid has reduced and cooked off and they begin to brown.
Properties: The Blue Oyster mushroom has a high protein content, several B vitamins, and all of the essential amino acids (Marley, 2009). Its medicinal benefits include promoting anti-tumor activity and lowering high cholesterol. Oyster mushroom fruiting bodies and distillations have been shown to reduce tumor size in several studies on mice, rats, and hamsters (Hobbs, 1995). Additionally, Oyster mushrooms have been used in the Czech Republic as the main ingredient in a dietary supplement used to treat high cholesterol (Hobbs, 1995). Studies in animals have shown that a diet of Oyster mushrooms reduced the development of plaque in major arteries (Bobek et al., 1995).