Italian Oyster Mushroom Cultivation
Pleurotus pulminarius: A thicker and meatier oyster mushroom with caps that can grow quite large.
Plug Spawn- great for first time mushroom log growers. Used for small projects. 1-10 logs
On Logs - Works 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 Birch. Though they will also work on Maple or Oak.
Italian Oyster 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 Oyster mushrooms can easily replace button mushrooms in most recipes and pair well with many cuisines and flavors. Like all Oyster Mushrooms, they retain water and develop a slimy texture when cooked. If you prefer a firm texture, continue to cook Oysters until more crisp.
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).