Oyster mushroom also known as Pleurotus derives its name from the fluted, oyster shell shape of the mushroom. Found on rotting tree stumps and fallen trees they are common throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Many Species are widely available in Australia today which have significant differences in texture and flavour. Species range from white, yellow, pink grayish brown and purplish brown. Raw mushrooms have a disagreeable taste but when lightly cooked they develop a mild flavour and a very succulent texture.
Oyster mushrooms are very versatile and can be added to soups or can be lightly sauteed and added to seafood or white meat dishes. Crumbed, deep fried and served with sweet chilli sauce they make a wonderful starter to a meal. These mushrooms are extremely perishable and should be used as quickly as possible.