[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The blue oyster mushroom is a beautiful and delicious mushroom. Discover much more about this mushroom, including why and the reasons for growing it.
Pleurotus ostreatus, the blue oyster mushroom, is a lovely mushroom to watch grow and to eat. This mushroom’s name comes from the resemblance it has to bivalve mollusk found in the ocean.
Today we are looking at the benefits behind eating the blue oyster. I also go into how to grow blue oyster mushrooms at home so you can grow and eat your own blue oysters whenever you want.
Blue oyster mushroom benefits: Why people love to eat this mushroom
For starters, some studies have shown that oyster mushrooms lower cholesterol in rats significantly and may do the same in humans.
Oyster mushrooms also contain a plethora of valuable constituents, like proteins, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in vitamin B and vitamin D. Iron and potassium are also present in these mushrooms.
Blue oyster calories: It is said that a cup (86 g) of sliced blue oyster mushrooms has 37 calories.
Another test-tube study showed that oyster mushrooms helped reduce the secretion of inflammation markers throughout the body.
Two additional studies looked at oyster mushrooms and cancer. One study conducted by the Methodist Research Institute’s Cancer Research Lab found oyster mushrooms inhibiting the growth and spreading of breast and colon cancer cells.
A study entitled Anti-Cancer Effects of Protein Extracts from Calvatia lilacina, Pleurotus ostreatus and Volvariella volvacea concluded that blue oysters can “be considered as a source of potential cancer therapeutic agents.”
Blue oyster mushroom spawn options for growing at home
You can learn how to grow blue oyster mushrooms with our help. We provide a variety of spawn options for growing blue oyster mushrooms (on request) at home.
Blue oysters can be cultivated on straw, wood, coffee grains and a bunch of other cellulose-rich materials. For wood and straw we often use grain spawn. These mushrooms will be a vibrant blue color when they are young and you will get large fruited bodies. Sawdust spawn is another great option here.They are a colorful addition to any garden bed and would go well cooked with many of the other fresh vegetables you may be growing alongside the oysters.