Blue Oyster Mushroom
Blue Oyster Mushroom
Interested in farming mushrooms? If so, you need to know all about blue oyster mushrooms and what makes them such a great choice to get started with.
Not only are blue oysters easy to find in nature, but they’re also easy to grow, and there’s a fair demand for them in local markets.
What is a blue oyster mushroom? Blue oyster mushrooms are an edible subspecies of pearl oyster mushrooms. They have a large blue cap and grayish gills that connect the stem and cap and are easy to identify. They are culinary mushrooms with no psychoactive effect and are consumed worldwide. They grow in humid regions on rotting wood.
Read on below to learn more about blue oyster mushrooms, how to grow them, and more!
Blue Oyster Mushrooms
The blue oyster mushroom, scientifically known as Pleurotus ostreatus var. Columbinus, is a meaty mushroom that is widely consumed around the world.
The common use for blue oyster mushrooms is for eating.
Technically speaking, blue oysters are a subspecies of pearl oyster mushrooms. The most significant difference is in the bluish caps and gray-colored gills of the mushroom.
Originally, these interesting blue mushrooms came from Western Europe, where there are plenty of cool temperatures for them to thrive. Today, they are found all around the world.
The most common places to find blue oyster mushrooms are on dead trees and rotting logs in forests and mountains with high humidity, such as sub-tropical locations.
This species grows mainly during the spring and autumn when temperatures are naturally between 55°F and 65°F.
That said, these mushrooms may fruit in temperatures as high as 80°F to 90°F.
Blue oysters prefer a humidity of approximately 50% to 70%.
Blue Oyster Mushroom Appearance
The blue oyster mushroom is almost identical to the pearl oyster, as well as pink, white, and golden-colored oysters.
The only difference is that its color is not quite as bright as others.
The cap is typically the darkest hue of blue or gray. The stem is normally lighter shade of gray or blue.
Underneath the cap, the blue oyster has a series of solid gills that run from the stem to the cap. The gills of this mushroom slightly resemble a sponge of sorts.
Blue Oyster Mushroom Growth Stages
There are three main steps, or growth stages, for blue oyster mushrooms:
The Spawning Stage – During this stage, spores are incubated at room temperature with low humidity for roughly 2 to 3 weeks.
The Pinning Stage – The “pinning” stage is when you decrease the temperature by a few degrees and turn up the humidity as high as possible (90% to 95%).
The Fruiting Stage – A week after the pinning stage, reduce humidity by 5% to 10%, and begin harvesting fruits within 4 to 6 days.
How Long Does It Take Blue Oyster Mushrooms To Fruit?
Blue oyster mushrooms fruit extremely quickly. On average it takes around 5 to 10 days for blue oysters to fruit.
The substrate, environment, and other factors play into how quickly they fruit.
Are Blue Oyster Mushrooms the Same as Oyster Mushrooms?
Blue oysters are one of many oyster mushroom types. Blue oysters, pink oysters, white oysters, gold oysters, and pearl oysters are among the most well-known oyster mushrooms.
All oyster mushrooms belong to the same family. The only real difference between each one is its color. In terms of taste, they are all said to taste practically identical.
What Part of Blue Oyster Mushrooms Do You Eat?
The cap is the main part of the blue oyster mushroom that folks enjoy eating. The bottom part of the stem is typically discarded because of dirt or wood that’s ingrown.
The upper portion of the stem is edible but is a bit tougher than the rest of the mushroom, and so it is also discarded quite often.
What Do Blue Oysters Taste Like?
Blue oyster mushrooms taste similar to mild seafood, according to what most people who regularly eat them claim. Others describe blue oyster mushrooms as tasting a bit woody.
The best part about oysters is that they have an extremely meaty taste and texture when cooked correctly. Some even say that blue oysters actually taste like sea oysters.
What Happens If You Eat Blue Oyster Mushrooms Raw?
Blue oysters are edible raw or cooked, but if you decide to eat them raw, prepare yourself…they might have a slightly metallic taste to them.
But don’t be alarmed – nothing to worry about with these guys!
Blue Oyster Mushroom Uses
There are two main uses for blue oyster mushrooms. One is obviously eating them, whether raw or prepared. Mostly, they are eaten cooked, in soups and or with pasta.
The other regular use for blue oyster mushrooms is medicinal.
Although human testing has been limited thus far, these mushrooms are currently used in medicine for cancer, diabetes, treating infections, and more.
Blue Oyster Mushroom Benefits
There is a full host of benefits from blue oyster mushrooms. A few of the most significant ones include:
Makes tasty food at home.
Provides nutrition when out in the field.
Lowers blood pressure.
Support immune system health.
Contributes to lowering high cholesterol.
Fights cardiovascular disease.
Acts as anti-cancer medicine.
Fights neurodegenerative disorders.
Acts as anti-inflammatory medicine.
Blue oyster mushroom benefits are still being discovered through continued human testing.
Blue Oyster Mushroom Price
The prices for both blue oyster mushrooms and grow kits for growing your own fresh mushrooms vary widely depending on where you live, where you buy, and more.
Below are the average prices for purchasing blue oysters as well as buying a standard grow kit:
Average price per pound for blue oysters: A pound of blue oyster mushrooms runs between $5 to $7 for wholesale and $10 to $15 a pound for retail.
Average price for setting up a small home-growing kit for blue oysters: On average, the price for a blue oyster grow kit is $20 to $40.