Hunting for Wild Oysters (a PERFECT mushroom for beginners!!) – Identified, Harvested and Cooked
Let’s go hunting for wild oyster mushrooms!
Oyster mushrooms are a tasty edible that grows in the spring, summer and fall. They are easy to identify, grow in abundance and make a great addition to any meal. In this video, we are looking for Pleurotus populinus. You may not have this exact species, but there is likely a species of Oyster (pleurotus sp.) that grows near you.
WHERE TO FIND?
Oysters are saprophytic and grow on dead or dying trees. Look for decaying logs, or dead trees in the spring, summer and fall. They will never be growing out of the ground.
WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE?
They are a shelf mushroom that often grow in clusters, but can also grow singly. The cap is often semicircular. They have a short pseudo-stem, and may have no stem present at all if they are growing laterally. The gills are fairly widely space, with some going all the way down the stem, and others that only run part way down.
ARE THERE ANY LOOKALIKES?
Yes, there can be, so be sure you know what you have. In Alberta, the main “look-alike” is crepidotus sp., but they are smaller, grow singly (not in clusters) and have brown spores.
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