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Wild oyster mushroom notes

wild oyster mushroom tree treatAnna found these wild oyster mushrooms the other day while walking Lucy.

It took us a while to make a 100% identification, but now we know where to watch for future meals.

Very yummy, and very similar to the ones we cultivated on logs last year.bowl of oyster mushrooms wild

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If anyone's interested, I posted more photos and tips on oyster mushroom identification over on my nature/travel blog.

Comment by anna Sun Sep 26 16:09:35 2010

I remember you posted about growing mushrooms and was wondering if you had a source you liked.

Thanks Alison

ps if there is a link on your blog you would prefer me to order through just let me know. Frank and I like the portabella and regular cap mushrooms

Comment by fsmartin Mon Sep 27 11:44:47 2010

We've bought our spawn from Field and Forest Products and been quite happy with them. I would steer clear of kits from any source, though --- we bought a button mushroom kit once before we really got into mushrooms and were disappointed since after it fruited a few times, you just have to throw it away. If you're interested in never having to buy spawn again, I'd go for an oyster mushroom --- they're easy to grow in logs and not too hard to create your own spawn from. If you don't mind buying spawn every three to five years, I'd go for either shiitakes or oysters --- the former are hard to propagate, but fruit just as well as oysters. We think the oysters are just a bit tastier, but any homegrown mushroom is probably better than anything you've ever tasted.

We don't have any affiliate links with any of the mushroom companies, but thanks for asking!

Comment by anna Mon Sep 27 12:52:41 2010

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