Golden Oyster Mushroom SpawnNorth Spore
Grain spawn and sawdust spawn may take two weeks to ship depending on availability.
Golden Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
Pleurotus citrinopileatus: This tropical Oyster strain thrives in warm weather. It produces beautiful clusters with yellow caps that are a favorite at farmers' markets.
Golden Oyster spawn comes in three distinct styles:
Plug Spawn - Great for first time mushroom log growers. Used for small projects. 1-10 logs.
Sawdust Spawn - Used for larger mushroom log projects, or by those wanting to inoculate logs every year. Used for small to large enthusiast or commercial projects. Best for inoculating 10 or more logs. *You need an Inoculation Tool to use Sawdust Spawn! For larger projects you may want to purchase an Angle Grinder Adapter and specialized 12mm drill bit!
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.
On Logs - Use Sawdust or Plug spawn for log cultivation. Golden Oyster prefers Log, Stump, and Totem methods. Colonization is fast and should be finished colonizing within 4-12 months. Golden Oyster is a tropical species and prefers to fruit in the summer months. They also prefer softer hardwoods such as poplar and aspen.
Check out our Spawn FAQ to figure out what type of logs you can use!
Outdoor Beds - With Oyster mushrooms you may also choose to use grain spawn to inoculate outdoor straw beds. We've had success growing Oyster mushrooms in our raised garden beds by sprinkling grain spawn in the beds in the spring. We had Oysters growing right out of our soil!
Indoor Commercial Production - Golden Oyster mushroom grain spawn can be mixed into sterilized or lime pasteurized substrates including but not limited to hardwood sawdust, straw, and coffee grounds. These processes range from requiring a fair amount of infrastructure for larger projects to simple and low-tech. We recommend purchasing a book on mushroom cultivation if you are interested in pursuing this style of mushroom production as a hobby or profession. We recommend 'Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi' by Peter McCoy, 'Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation' by Tradd Cotter, or 'Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms' by Paul Stamets.
Golden Oysters are a great mushroom for beginners. They are reliable producers during the warmer months and can be produced commercially.
Cooking: Golden 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 Golden Oysters until their liquid has reduced and cooked off and they begin to brown. Golden Oyster mushrooms develop a cashew-like flavor when cooked to a slightly crispy texture.
Properties: The Golden Oyster mushroom has a high protein content, several B vitamins, and all 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).