Mushrooms - Oyster (250g Pre-Packed)
Oyster mushrooms have a pearly white colour and are shaped like an oyster shell. Their delicate taste makes them a great addition to many Asian dishes; you can also try them in many favourite Aussie dishes – with a steak, or in a meat pie!
How do we make sure we provide top quality oyster mushrooms?
There's no rule-of-thumb for selecting specialty mushrooms - they don't have the uniform appearance of the buttons, cups or flats. The criteria we use to make sure we supply you with top quality oysters are: the oysters must be a grey-brown colour (with pink or light brown gills on the underside), dry to the touch, firm, and with a fresh, earthy aroma. We apply these criteria meticulously, meaning you get top quality oyster mushrooms, every time.
Where do we source our oyster mushrooms from?
Mushrooms are not actually vegetables - they're a fungus! They don't have roots, leaves, flowers or seeds. They also don't grow through the usual process of photosynthesis; they need an external food source to stimulate growth. Oyster mushrooms are grown in specially constructed dark sheds on vertical beds, simulating their natural growing environment on a rock or cave wall. The best Victorian oyster mushroom growers operate around Mernda (in the northern regions of Melbourne), and we source most of our oyster mushrooms from there.
What is the best way to keep oyster mushrooms?
Mushrooms store best when there's the right amount of moisture in the air - they'll dry out if they're left uncovered, and they'll become soggy if they're left in plastic bags. The best way to store them is in a loosely closed paper bag on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator. This provides the right balance between temperature and humidity. Make sure you store them for no more than a few days, and keep an eye for indications of decay (such as discolouration, opening of caps, lengthening of stalks and a general softening and withering of the surfaces) – use them immediately if any of these signs appear.
Oyster mushrooms nutritional information
A number of studies have also shown that adding oyster mushrooms to the diet can help to reduce cholesterol. They are also high vitamin B and iron (both good for replenishing energy supplies), and they provide a good source of potassium (which helps relieve high blood pressure), vitamin C, folic acid, zinc and phosphorous. They are also a good choice if you want to lose weight; their low levels of calories combined with their energising properties make them a great food to help you shed those unwanted kilos!
Serving tips and suggestions
The flavour of an oyster mushroom is delicate and subtle, and it has a relatively chewy texture. Oyster mushrooms are best cooked quickly because they rapidly absorb other flavours during cooking. They're excellent in stir-fries and noodle dishes, and are particularly tasty teamed with seafood, chicken and veal.