Oyster mushrooms are scientifically known as Pluroteus
As the name suggests, Oyster mushrooms resemble an oyster in their appearance. These mushrooms are whitish or greyish in colour. These mushrooms smell and taste like oysters too. Unlike other mushrooms, oyster mushrooms grow stalk-less. They are firm in texture and they grow on dead wood. They are usually formed in clusters. The fan shaped cap of these oyster mushrooms is about 5 to 25 centimetres wide. These mushrooms grow well in deciduous forests.
Scientific name for oyster mushrooms is Pluroteus. These mushrooms were first cultivated in Germany during the First World War. These mushrooms were looked upon as sustainable food in war affected country. These mushrooms are widely found in tropical and temperate forests. Oyster mushrooms are known by different names in different languages. In Chinese, these mushrooms are known as ping GU. The literal translation of ping gu would be flat mushroom. In southern India, these mushrooms are known as chippikoori, whereas in Iran they are known as “Sadafi”. Other popular names for oyster Mushrooms are Oyster Shelf, Tree Oyster, Straw Mushroom, Hiratake and Tamogitake.
Oyster mushrooms are popularly used in Korean cuisine. Chinese and Japanese also use these mushrooms for creating various culinary delights. These mushrooms can also be used for preparation of vegan oyster sauce. These mushrooms are also used for soaking oil spills commercially.
Oyster Mushrooms Health Benefits
These mushrooms are also known for their medicinal properties. Oyster mushrooms are known to contain high amounts of Lovastatin. Lovastatin is helpful in lowering blood cholesterol. These mushrooms are also known to prevent arthrosclerosis and enhance the immune system.
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