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.
Snow Oyster Spawn comes in two 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 an Inoculation Tool to use Sawdust Spawn! For larger projects you may want to purchase an Angle Grinder Adapter and specialized 12mm drill bit!
Inoculation: 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.
Difficulty: 2 of 10 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).