SNOW OYSTER MUSHROOM CULTIVATION
Pleurotus ostreatus: Very popular fleshy firm edible snow white oyster-shaped caps often found growing on old dying maple trees. Snow Oysters are a cold weather loving strain and tend to produce mushrooms in the cooler months.
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.
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!
Snow Oyster mushrooms are a great mushroom for beginners. They colonize quickly and are reliable producers.
Cooking: 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 develop a slimy texture when cooked. If you prefer a firm texture, continue to cook Oysters until crisp.
Properties: Oyster Mushrooms have 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).