Oyster mushroom

Oyster mushroom

name = Oyster mushroom
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image_caption = Fruiting body of the Oyster mushroom in the Havré wood Belgium.
regnum = Fungi
phylum = Basidiomycota
classis = Agaricomycetes
ordo = Agaricales
familia = Tricholomataceae
genus = "Pleurotus"
species = "P. ostreatus"
binomial = "Pleurotus ostreatus"
binomial_authority = Champ. Jura. Vosg. 1: 112, 1872
name = Pleurotus ostreatus
whichGills = decurrent
capShape = no
capShape2 = offset

The Oyster mushroom, or "Pleurotus ostreatus", is a common mushroom prized for its edibility. Long cultivated in Asia, it is now cultivated around the world for food. It is related to the similarly cultivated "king oyster mushroom". Oyster mushrooms can also be used industrially for mycoremediation purposes.


Both the Latin and common name refer to the shape of the fruiting body. The latin "pleurotus" (sideways) refers to the sideways-growth of the stem with respect to the cap while the latin "ostreatus" (and the English common name, oyster) refers to the shape of the cap which resembles the bi-valve of the same name. Many also believe that the name is fitting due to the flavor resemblance to oysters.

In Chinese, they are called "píng gū" (; literally "flat mushroom").

The oyster is one of the more commonly sought wild mushrooms, though it can also be cultivated on straw and other media. It often has the scent of anise due to the presence of benzaldehyde. [http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/jafcau/1997/45/i10/abs/jf960876i.html]


*Cap: 5-25 cm broad, fan or oyster-shaped; Natural specimens range from white to gray or tan to dark-brown; margin inrolled when young, smooth and often somewhat lobed or wavy. Flesh white, firm, varies in thickness due to stipe arrangement.
*Gills: Gills are white to cream, descend stalk if present. If so, stipe off-center with lateral attachment to wood.
*Spores: The spores form a white to lilac-gray print on dark media.
*Stipe: Often absent. When present it is short and thick.
*Taste: Mild
*Odor: Often has a mild scent of anise.

There are no poisonous lookalikes that grow in North America, however Omphalotus nidiformis is a toxic lookalike that is found in Australia and Japan.


The Oyster Mushroom is wide-spread in temperate and subtropical forests throughout the world. It is a saprotroph that acts as a primary decomposer on wood.

The mushroom usually is not fussy where it grows,however it does not like to grow near stinging nettles. This is probably due to the high acidity of the nettles.

Edible uses

The oyster mushroom is frequently used in Japanese and Chinese cookery as a delicacy: it is frequently served on its own, sometimes stuffed, or in stir-fry recipes with soy sauce.

Additional Information

Oyster mushrooms are a natural source of statin drugs. Studies have shown that they typically contain 0.4% to 2.7% statins on a dry weight basis. [http://www.znaturforsch.com/ac/v58c/s58c0062.pdf Z. Naturforsch Study] . A number of studies on lab animals have shown that adding Pleurotus to the diet can reduce cholesterol under some conditions.

The oyster mushroom is also one of the few known carnivorous mushrooms. Its mycelia can kill and digest nematodes. This is believed to be a way to obtain nitrogen.

Oyster mushrooms contain a small amount of arabitol which can cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. Arabitol is a sugar alcohol similar to xylitol, manitol and sorbitol; these sugar alcohols are widely used food additives and can also have laxative effectives in susceptible individuals.


*Stamets & Chilton, "The Mushroom Cultivator", 1983
*Stamets, "Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms (Third Edition)", 2000
*"National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms", 1997

ee also

*Oyster sauce

External links

* [http://www.mushroominfo.com/?action=76 Culinary information regarding oyster mushrooms]
* [http://www.oystermushrooms.co.uk Oyster Mushrooms]
* [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8810086&dopt=Abstract The effect of Pleurotus ostreatus on cholesterol absorption]

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См. также в других словарях:

  • oyster mushroom — n. any of various fan shaped mushrooms having gills, esp. an edible one (Pleurotus ostreatus) with a short, pale colored stem, that grows on tree trunks * * * …   Universalium

  • oyster mushroom — n. any of various fan shaped mushrooms having gills, esp. an edible one (Pleurotus ostreatus) with a short, pale colored stem, that grows on tree trunks …   English World dictionary

  • oyster mushroom — noun edible agaric with a soft greyish cap growing in shelving masses on dead wood • Syn: ↑oyster fungus, ↑oyster agaric, ↑Pleurotus ostreatus • Hypernyms: ↑agaric • Member Holonyms: ↑Pleurotus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster mushroom — /ˈɔɪstə mʌʃrum/ (say oystuh mushroohm) noun a type of edible mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, found on living or dead wood, whose shape and collective appearance is reminiscent of the oyster …   Australian English dictionary

  • oyster mushroom. — See oyster cap. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • oyster mushroom — noun an edible fungus with a greyish brown oyster shaped cap and a very short or absent stem. [Pleurotus ostreatus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • oyster mushroom. — See oyster cap. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster mushroom — noun Date: 1875 an edible mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) that grows especially on deciduous trees and deadwood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oyster mushroom — noun A common mushroom prized for its edibility and lack of confusing look alikes …   Wiktionary

  • oyster mushroom — coo oys′ter mush room n. an edible, brownish gray to white mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, that grows in clusters on fallen trees or their stumps • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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