Pleurotus ostreatus – Winter Oysters

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The Winter oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) is the most commonly cultivated mushroom, but is also commonly found in the wild.
Winter oysters, or Pearl oysters, can be identified by their tan cap, stubby off-center stem, and decurrent gills. Winter oysters tend to have a darker cap and grow larger than the summer oyster species (Pleurotus pulmonarius) that grows in New England.
Oyster mushrooms have a mild flavor, but a nice meaty texture. They are great sautéed or added to curries. They also dry very well.
Oyster mushrooms contain natural statins that help to lower LDL. They also have medicinal compounds that could help slow the spread of cancer.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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