Fresh oyster mushrooms or just oyster mushrooms got their name from the seafood of the same name because its cap resembles that of an open oyster shell. The oyster mushroom has a bittersweet aroma much like those of bitter almonds. This mushroom grows mainly on tree trunks in a sideways arrangement, resembling oyster shells stuck on the side of tree trunks. It is also easily cultivated in straw and other common mushroom growing media making it attractive as a cultivated crop and as a wild foraged product as well.
Fresh Oyster Mushroom Trivia
- The oyster mushroom is one of the few mushroom species that are known to be carnivorous. They are known to eat tiny worms (nematodes) and bacteria that are unfortunate enough to land on them.
- The oyster mushroom is a saprotroph, this means that it mainly feeds on decaying wood and other dead matter.
- Its Latin name is Pleurotus ostreatus, which literally means “sideways oyster.”
- Oyster mushrooms were first cultivated during World War II by the Germans as a quick and ready source of subsistence.