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Pink Oyster (Pleurotus djamor)

Overview

  • Common Name: Pink Oyster Mushroom

  • Scientific Name: Pleurotus djamor

  • Physical Appearance and Identification: The cap of the Pink Oyster Mushroom is typically pink to bright reddish-pink and can grow up to 8 inches wide. The stems are typically white to light pink and have no ring or collar. The gills are also white to light pink and are decurrent, meaning they run down the stem.

  • Where is it Commonly Found: Pink Oyster Mushroom is found in tropical and subtropical regions and can be cultivated indoors or outdoors.

  • Historical Usage: Pink Oyster Mushroom has been used for culinary purposes in Asian countries for centuries. It has also been used in traditional medicine in some cultures.


Medicinal Properties


Cooking

  • Flavor profile: delicate, sweet, and fruity with a mild earthy aroma.

  • Texture: tender and slightly chewy with a velvety surface.

  • Best cooking methods: sautéing, stir-frying, grilling, roasting, or adding to soups and stews.

  • Best way to store: in a paper bag or wrapped in paper towels in the refrigerator.

  • How long can it be stored: up to 7 days.

  • Nutritional value: rich in protein, fiber, vitamins B and D, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.

  • Health benefits: may help boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and lower cholesterol levels.

  • Best pairing options: pair with mild-flavored ingredients such as tofu, chicken, seafood, pasta, and grains.

  • How to properly clean and prepare: gently wipe clean with a damp cloth or rinse quickly under cold water and pat dry before cooking. Avoid soaking in water to prevent a soggy texture.


Growing

  • Time from inoculation of substrate to mushroom growth: 10-14 days

  • Optimal temperature range for growth: 68-77°F (20-25°C)

  • Optimal humidity range for growth: 85-95%

  • Best substrate for cultivation: pasteurized straw, sawdust, coffee grounds, or a combination of these materials

  • Expected yield of mushrooms per pound of substrate: 0.5-1.5 pounds

  • When to harvest: when the caps of the mushrooms are fully grown and slightly curled upwards

  • How to harvest: twist and pull the mushroom gently from the substrate, being careful not to damage the surrounding mycelium

  • Storage and preservation technique for harvested mushrooms: store in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for longer-term storage

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