Snow Oyster Mushroom Plug Spawn
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Flavor profile||Earthy, woody, sweet|
|Bag sizes||100, 500, & 1,000 count|
Snow Oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus) is a popular, fleshy, firm oyster variety. In the wild, they can often be found growing on dying maple trees. They have sweeter flavor and aroma than other oysters and hold their shape and texture when cooked. Snow oyster mushroom plugs are ideal for first time mushroom log growers as they colonize quickly and are reliable producers. They are also a cold weather loving strain that tend to fruit in the cooler months.
Plug spawn is ideal for smaller projects of 1-10 logs, though some log cultivators will use them for larger projects.
Click here to download our pamphlet on growing mushrooms on logs, stumps, and totems.
Snow Oysters work well with the log, stump, and totem methods. Colonization is fast and should start producing in 4-12 months. They fruit best in the spring and fall and prefer softer hardwoods such as poplar and aspen, though they will also work on maple.
For our complete plug spawn pamphlet, click here.
If you don't plan to use immediately, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.
Snow 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 them until their liquid has reduced and cooked off and they begin to brown.
The spawn used in our mushroom plugs is grown on USDA certified organic grain and made with organic cultures from our own culture bank. Our plugs are handmade from a blend of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods from farms and forests in New England and North America.
If you’re going to consume home-grown mushrooms, make sure to cook your fresh mushrooms thoroughly with heat. If it is your first time eating this species, it is best to start with a small amount to check for allergies, even if cooked.
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These plugs are so easy to plant, which is great. I like that all I have to do is drill holes and stick the plugs in--it's so simple!! I gifted a kit for the oyster mushrooms to my dad for Father's day and bought extra spawn and I'm excited to see how they perform. The resources are really helpful as well--we inoculated a mulberry log that fell in the backyard. I never knew that you could grow mushrooms like this! He is an avid mushroom hunter and loved the gift.
They're perfect! Bought 100 plugs back in the spring of 2019 and got flushes on the logs starting in the spring of 2020. Soaked them in water for about 20 hours every 7 weeks or so during the warmer months to force flushes. Bought more plugs this year, looking forward to when they start to fruit next year!