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Oyster mushroom

Alternative names: Hiratake

Latin name: Pleurotus ostreatus

Occurrence: Oysters can be grown at home and thrive in nature.

Oyster mushrooms are wood-decaying fungi that grow in tufts on tree barks. It is called oyster thanks to its shape and colour, that reminds one of raw oysters.

This type of mushroom is well known for its health effects, which include an ability to boost the immune system, metabolism and help treat joint problems.

Mushroom-lovers will also enjoy its use in the kitchen: in stews, fried or in risottos or soups. After white and shitake mushrooms, the oyster variety is the third most cultivated type of mushroom worldwide.


Energy and stamina
Immune system


Oyster mushrooms contain a lot of vitamins and minerals: B, C, D, K, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, chromium, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, as well as fatty acids and even fibre.

Their composition help in normalising cholesterol levels.

Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

  • strengthens body defences
  • helps in the prevention of heart and blood vessel diseases
  • helps with chronic inflammation
  • can be used against viruses, bacteria and fungal diseases
  • alleviates eczema
  • helps in the prevention of atherosclerosis
  • lowers cholesterol
  • helps in the management of burns
  • positively affects blood sugar levels

Growing Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms can be grown indoors. You can buy bags with a substrate from which the mushrooms can be harvested gradually, or you can buy a dedicated log for the purpose - although the process will be a bit slower.

The mushrooms need appropriate conditions, which will vary from stage to stage. At first, they need 20 to 25°C, and for the next phase, a temperature of about 10 to 15°C is sufficient.

Oyster Mushrooms harvesting and use

Both body and stem are harvested; they feel hard, but will soften as you cook. They are also great in powder or capsule forms.


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