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Oyster mushroom are a type of edible fungi. They are one of the most widely consumed mushrooms in the world. They get their name from their oyster-shaped cap and very short (or completely absent) stem.
They’re also similar to the color of raw oysters. Oyster mushrooms are typically a light grey or greyish-brown color.
However, they come in several other colors including yellow and pink!
They are one of the easiest types of mushrooms to grow, due to their fast growth, wide variety of potential substrates and tolerance to growing conditions.
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When cooked, oyster mushrooms have a smooth oyster-like texture and a some say a slight hint of seafood flavor. This may also contribute to their name.
It’s not uncommon for people to also describe oyster mushrooms as having a subtle anise flavor.
Both flavors are very subtle though, and are usually undetectable once the mushrooms are incorporated into a dish. Overall they have a very mild flavor with a slight earthy note.
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In the wild, you can find oyster mushrooms in the fall. The best time is after the first frost of the year, or after other big weather changes like the first hot weekend of spring.
Commercial growers are harvesting oyster mushrooms all year round, so they’re always available as long as your supermarket is stocking them.
Most oyster mushrooms are grown indoors under controlled conditions, so there is no good or bad season as with some other crops.
In nature, oyster mushrooms form clusters called shelves on rotting or fallen logs. So if you find one, you’ll often find a whole bunch close together.
Cultivated oyster mushrooms tend to grow more individually, but will still often form large clusters.
Look for logs, fallen trees, or dead standing trees as potential homes for oyster mushrooms. Be sure to check underneath trees that have fallen over as well, as oysters often prefer to grow in the shade.
They tend to particularly like growing on oak and beech trees in old, leafy, open forests.