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Oyster Mushrooms

Mushrooms with a buttery smooth and velvety texture.

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Specialty Mushrooms With a Fun Shape and Delicate Flavor

When you think about mushrooms, your mind probably travels to the rich umami flavor, the versatility, or the nutritional benefits. Oyster mushrooms bring the same qualities to the table and so much more!

Don’t let their intricate appearance fool you. Underneath that fun exterior, Oyster mushrooms are a standout with their smooth and velvety texture. They have a mild pepper flavor that has been described as a delicate seafood flavor or a faint, earthy taste.

Oysters cook quickly and are typically enjoyed sauteed, fried, baked, or battered. When pan-seared, popped in an air fryer, or even oven-baked, the edges of Oysters become delightfully crispy.

Here’s a fun fact about these fun mushrooms: Although you’ll typically come across these beautiful mushrooms in light gray or brownish-gray clusters, they also can be found in pink, pale yellow, or blue!

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Shiitake mushrooms

More Than Just a Fancy Mushroom

Although these exotic mushrooms magnify the flavor in the dishes you love, Shiitake mushroom benefits make them more than just a fancy mushroom trend.

Although you probably already know the amazing health benefits of mushrooms in general — including B vitamins, Potassium, Selenium, Copper, and Ergothioneine — each variety of mushrooms packs its own power in supporting your health.* 

Fresh Shiitake mushrooms offer 40% of the recommended daily intake of copper, which is known for keeping bones and nerves healthy.

In addition, Shiitake are known for their ability to support the immune system, offer strong cardiovascular support, and may protect against inflammation. These specialty mushrooms may potentially prevent and treat cancer, lower high cholesterol, and treat infections.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant or lactating, have a medical condition, or are on medications, please consult with your licensed healthcare provider before using nutritional supplements

Oyster Mushroom FAQs

Is it safe to eat exotic mushrooms like Oysters?

It is safe to eat commercially cultivated Oyster mushrooms that are sold in stores. However, we always recommend that you avoid wild or foraged mushrooms unless you are being supervised by a certified mycologist or mushroom expert.

How are Oyster mushrooms commonly used?

Oyster mushrooms are delicious sauteed with butter and onion, and are often used in stir-fry recipes because they cook quickly. They also make a great stand-in for calamari when breaded and fried or can be used in place of clams, scallops, and mussels. Oysters are delicious roasted! 

Check out our recipe library for more mushroom inspiration.

How should I wash Oyster mushrooms?

This is a very common question about mushrooms. We don’t recommend you submerge mushrooms in water as it could cause them to be damp and slimy.  Instead, to preserve the texture, wipe them off right before you are ready to use them. 

Discover more tips for preparing and serving fresh fungi.

What do I need to remember about cooking with Oysters?

When cooking with mushrooms, remember selection, storage, and stems. 

For the freshest Oysters, select clusters that are firm and dry but not dried out. You’ll need to store them in the original packaging or a paper bag in the refrigerator. And those stems? Oysters are completely edible from cap to stem!

Are Oyster mushrooms sustainable?

Mushrooms are gentle on the planet; growing them requires little water or energy and produces little carbon emissions.

Learn more about mushroom sustainability here.

Calamari Oysters