- Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit Fruiting Block
Pink Oyster Mushroom Grow Kit Fruiting Block
|Grow speed||1 to 2 weeks|
|Shelf life||3 months (do not refrigerate)|
|Flavor profile||Savory, meaty, umami|
|Kit dimensions||6in H x 9in W x 6in D|
|Kit weight||5 lbs|
Pink Oyster (Pleurotus djamor) is a tropical oyster strain thrives in warmer temperatures. It produces beautiful clusters of light to deep pink mushrooms that are a favorite at farmer's markets. Pink oyster mushrooms are great for beginners. They are reliable producers and their intense color and rich umami flavor make them a popular mushroom. They are also one of the easiest blocks to get subsequent fruitings and should reliably produce a second flush or more.
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Your fruiting block kit is an amended sawdust block that has been colonized by mushroom mycelium. Mushrooms need adequate humidity and ventilation to survive and thrive, so proper care is important.
1. Leave the block inside the bag, and do not open it. To activate your block, place it on its side, exposing an area where the block presses right up against the plastic. Take a sharp knife or razor blade and make a 5-to 6-inch cut along this part of the bag, then gently squeeze out any remaining air. Finally, take the loose bag flap, and fold it underneath the kit.
2. Place your sliced bag in the most humid part of your home (like next to the sink) or in a humidity-controlled grow chamber. Make sure it is kept away from direct sunlight, and keep it well hydrated. Do this by spraying the outside of your block, over the sliced area, with water at least once per day.
3. If your home is very dry, and you do not have a humidity-controlled grow chamber, you may need to make a humidity tent to place over the over fruiting block. To do this, find a loose-fitting plastic bag and make plenty of ½-inch holes all over it. Then place it over the fruiting block (that is still inside it’s original bag.) Once you’ve made the humidity tent, be sure to spray the inside of it a minimum of once per day.
4. Within 1-2 weeks of first slicing open your fruiting block bag, the mushrooms will sense the oxygen in the air and begin to produce mushroom “pins,” or little baby mushrooms. When you spot your first mushroom pins, keep a close eye on them. After 5 to 10 days of pin formation, your mushrooms should be ready to harvest.
5. Watch to make sure that your mushrooms don’t begin look “stringy” while growing. If this happens, they require more oxygen. Make sure they are in a spot with adequate ventilation and aren’t too close to other mushroom fruiting blocks or kits.
6. Harvest your mushrooms when they resemble the mushrooms in the photographs, before the caps flatten out and become concave.
Each subsequent harvest will be smaller in size, but can still produce a nice flush. Before trying for another flush, give your block a one-week break from spraying, then soak it in cold water for 20 minutes, and re-start daily water spraying.
Fruiting temps 70-80 degrees F Humidity 85-95% CO2 Sensitivity 500-1,000 ppm
- Fruiting - The phase of growth in which visible mushrooms begin to appear.
- CO2 sensitivity - When CO2 levels are too high, yields will decrease, stems will become long and stringy, caps will be small, and/or growth will halt.
Do not refrigerate pink oyster kits. If you are not ready to use your pink oyster fruiting block immediately, store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for up to 3 months.
The classic North Spore recipe is to chop the pink oyster mushrooms and sauté them in a heavy pan on medium heat with butter, garlic, and loads of fresh thyme and rosemary (or whatever other herbs you happen to have on hand!). Cook until the mushrooms have released their liquid, then continue cooking until that liquid has cooked off and the mushrooms begin to brown. This can take from 20-30 minutes. Deglaze your pan with a splash of white wine, reduce once more, and finish with a touch of heavy cream. Season generously with salt.
If your home is really dry you may want to make a humidity tent to place over your bag. Simply take a trash bag or other loosely fitting plastic bag, put PLENTY of 1/2 inch holes in it. (THIS IS IMPORTANT mushrooms exhale CO2 and inhale Oxygen. They will suffocate themselves if there isn’t adequate airflow! Oysters that look stringy or strange are usually growing that way because they need more air!) If you choose to use a humidity tent make sure to spray the inside of the tent once per day to maintain humidity.
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.
Mushrooms grow spores as they develop. This is a natural means of reproduction. This is when people with allergies or compromised immune systems may want to consider putting fruiting mushroom kits outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Spores in mushrooms sometimes cause respiratory irritation. In rare cases, spores may also cause irritation for some non-allergic or non-immunocompromised mushroom growers. If you are one of them, it is recommended to reduce the overall spore load by harvesting mushrooms while they are still in their younger growth stages.
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So fun to grow with my toddler!
Super easy to grow and quick! Grew pink oyster mushrooms with my 4 year old and she was so excited. She told everyone she met “we are growing pink mushrooms in our shower”. Fun winter project and tasty too.
By far the quickest growing strain I have seen. Quite aggressive even at an avg. temp of 65° (that's 10° below what is recommended). Another successful experience with North Spore. I am sure this block will produce multiple flushes and then easily be transfered to new substrate successfully. Experiment = Experience
I have had several pink oyster kits, which have always been my favorite, as they produce so fast and abundantly. My last attempt was the fruiting block for my Boom Room, and they continue to amaze me. The pictures below were taken on day 2,3,4, and harvested on day six after arrival, weighing slightly over 1 1/2 pounds on the first flush. With previous experiences with the pinks, I'm expecting the second flush within 7-10 days, and I have had up to four flushes off of a single kit, then broken up into lime sterilized straw in an old laundry basket, and three more larger flushes before I manage to oversaturate the straw and lose them. I am a rookie, but for my investment, the Pinks give more production in less time,(meaning less maintenance, aka labor) and I am enjoying lots of delicious, healthy mushrooms!
This fruiting block was amazing. The pink oysters grew so fast. Doubling in size in under a day was the norm. We harvested the first flush in under a week. Second flush underway. Amazing flavor with simple butter, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper recipe. Perfect paired with our sous vide tri tip. Will definitely get these again.
Those are some gorgeous pink oysters, Steve!
Best fruiting blocks!!
I am always suspect of website photos, but this block really delivered! It looks even better than the site pics!! Big beautiful pink flushes. Will definitely buy again.
Beautiful pink oysters, Amy! Thanks for sharing!!
Perfect first block
Great for a beginner - really fun to watch the progress of this one. And the mushrooms were delicious - really distinct flavor for an oyster mushroom. Will be ordering again.
Thanks for sharing! We love that you had a great growing experience.