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Italian Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
Pleurotus pulminarius: A thicker and meatier Oyster mushroom with caps that can grow quite large.
Italian 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 anInoculation Toolto use Sawdust Spawn! For larger projects you may want to purchase anAngle Grinder Adapterand specialized12mm 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. Italian Oyster works well with the Log, Stump, and Totem methods. Colonization is fast and should finish in 4-12 months, fruiting events are variable and are triggered by rainfall or temperature shifts. They fruit best in the spring and fall and prefer softer hardwoods such as poplar and aspen, though they will also work on maple.
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!
ItalianOyster mushrooms are a great mushroom for beginners. They colonize quickly and are reliable producers. Decent for commercial cultivation, especially grown on straw with cooler temperatures.
Cooking: Italian 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 Italian Oysters until their liquid has reduced and cooked off and they begin to brown.
Properties: The Italian 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).