Tag Archives: Pleurotus ostreatus

Cold fresh Oyster Mushrooms

13 Dec

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Here in the Maritimes we’ve had a few days lately with the temps above zero at least during the afternoons and most of the snow has melted so as you can see in the pic this does occasionally produce some surprises.

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Even into early January you may run into a sugar maple tree adorned with some fine wild oyster mushrooms if the temps are on the plus side for a few days, never found them in the Maritimes during the month of February yet, soups on the stove. ciao

Seeing signs of mushrooms

26 Oct

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Here is a fallen hardwood trunk nicely covered with Oyster mushrooms in prime shape for eating, also on this trunk were 3 Ganoderma applanatum fungi, aka (Artist Conk) so I wrote on 1 of these and will bring it home as well to dry and later use as a tea ingredient due to having similar medicinal properities as its close relative the Reishi mushroom.

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Some more young Oyster mushrooms.

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The Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) grows quite big here in eastern Canada with the largest ones in the photo measuring over 9 inches across the cap. Looks like a deer has nibbled on the mushroom in the middle of this group as they were around 4 feet of the ground. These larger Oyster mushrooms I like to dry and then powder to be used in medicinal teas or other foods like soups and baked goods.

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More mushrooms and some fall colours for your enjoyment. ciao

Mushroom Tree-eats

20 Oct

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On my way back from a conifer forest I happen to notice the above hardwood trunk with the nice woodpecker holes which seem to be calling me to come and explore this area of the Caledonia Mountain for some tree mushrooms.

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Well the first few steps down the steep hill turned up some Sarcomyxa serotina ( Late Fall Oyster mushrooms) on a bumpy old beech tree, these mushrooms are edible but let us move on now as we will return this way in a while and may gather some at that time.

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I continue on a calm and pleasant walk down the hill probably 10 minutes not noticing any mushrooms of edible interest possibly due to the thick blanket of leaves covering the ground and the trees were not producing either so it was time to move over a few hundred feet and head back up to the top. Now on this new route I do notice the above tree which looks to have some large mushrooms on it from this distance.

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Ah, some large and fresh young caps of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster mushrooms).

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This one tree trunk has 6 clusters on it and I don’t even need to use my tent pole to dislodge them, a very generous gift giving me 10 extra lbs to carry back up this hill which is all part of the fun in these natural workouts.

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Up hill a bit more and there a hundred plus feet away another tree with oyster-like mushrooms on the mid trunk and also 2 different polypore mushrooms below and above. This one turned out to be Sarcomyxa serotina again, I didn’t gather any of these today though I have an interest in this mushroom as a potential medicinal tea mushroom, it is also known as (Mukitake).

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Thanks to this hardwood forest in the Caledonia Mountains of New Brunswick for its hospitality today. ciao