Blue Oyster (Pleurotus Columbinus)
Grow your own edible and medicinal Blue Oyster mushrooms with liquid culture syringes!
Mushrooms of the Oyster variety are some of the more commonly consumed mushrooms in the world. They are rich in high-quality proteins and amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron and potassium. Several studies are now showing that they lower cholesterol due to the presence of statins and lovastatins.
1. Antibacterial* 2. Lowers cholesterol* 3. anti-cancer* 4. Immune booster*
Blue Oysters grow in clusters and take on a shelf like shape. It has white stems with deep blue caps that turn grey as they age. Like many mushrooms, it should be picked young for consumption as it becomes tougher as it ages and its taste and smell deteriorate. Pleurotus Columbinus is known to be fairly easy to grow as long as it has plenty of fresh air flow. It can grow on dead wood, straw, grass, cotton, cacti, hemp, coffee waste, paper products amongst other things, making it a great way to turn your compost into a mushroom growing substrate. It is also a carnivorous mushroom, consuming nematodes which tend to be a threat to other mushrooms.
OutGrow® is proud to present a full line of edible and medicinal mushroom cultures. Economically priced so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful hobby and benefits of mushroom cultivation. Our cultures are made by experts and are 100% clean and viable.
The liquid culture syringes are between 10 and 12cc and are ready to inject to your substrate of choice such as sterilized rye berries.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Blue Oyster mushrooms are a delicious and nutrient-rich variety of mushrooms that many people have been eating for centuries. They're also known to have medicinal properties, so they're used in traditional Chinese medicine.
What if you want to grow your own Blue Oyster mushrooms? That's not a problem. Follow these elementary steps, and soon, you'll have a batch of Blue Oysters at home! With enough practice, you'll enjoy lush mushroom growth.
Blue Oyster Mushrooms are a subspecies of the Oyster Mushroom known for their blue color. You should grow them because they're healthy and tasty, and the hobby is fun!
The first step in the growing process is inoculation with liquid culture syringes. Liquid cultures are mycelium on agar (a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed) or yeast on sugar solutions usually containing malt extract; both of the latter mixtures have nutrients like amino acids and vitamin B12. We stand behind our high-quality cultures. The high-nutrient content promotes rapid and lush growth.
You'll find that growing the delicious edible mushrooms at home is fun and rewarding. Nothing beats the feeling of a crop of mushrooms coming in after your hard work.
How to Grow Your Own Edible and Medicinal Blue Oyster Mushrooms With Liquid Culture
Liquid cultures are available commercially and can be obtained by mail order from various suppliers. As soon as the liquid culture arrives at your door, you're ready to start! This process will take about a month or so before you harvest your favorite mushroom. It's easy to begin growing Blue Oysters in your own home with just a few syringes of liquid culture.
Avoid placing the spawn in direct sunlight because it will cause premature pinning. Choose a quality mushroom substrate and maintain the correct temperature, and in no time, you'll see mushroom clusters pop up on the substrate.
To make this happen, you'll need some mushroom spawn (a type of mycelium that proliferates), grain-based substrate, water, and clean jars for culturing blue oyster mushrooms indoors on a shelf or tabletop. Once you have these items, you begin by optionally sterilizing them first: Boil jar lids for 15 minutes using plenty of water; heat pot and fill halfway with hot tap water while keeping the burner turned off.
- Add liquid culture on top of the substrate, but do not cover it completely.
- Place cap loosely over the top opening of jars until ready for use (within 24 hours).
- After that, you can inoculate the substrate: Pour fresh mushroom spawn or colonized grains onto the center of the grain-based.
- substrate in each sterilized jar; spread evenly using clean hands or wooden dowel; tamp firmly with fingers until firm.
- Fill halfway up with hot tap water, put the lid on tightly, wait about five minutes before starting the next batch.
Keep Blue Oyster mushrooms at room temperature under excellent lighting conditions! They're best grown indoors.
Benefits of Growing Blue Oysters
These delicious mushrooms have the following characteristics.
- They're low maintenance and economical.
- You can grow Blue Oysters in your backyard or inside the home.
Blue Oyster mushrooms are versatile, edible and medicinal and have many uses!
Tips for Successful Growth in Any Environment
Learn the tricks to grow Blue Oyster mushrooms in any environment.
If you're in a cold environment, use the blue oyster liquid culture to inoculate straw or sawdust.
For your mushroom spawn to multiply and produce an abundant harvest of mushrooms, it's essential to have both fresh air and light directly on the mycelium as well as at least 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
For fruiting indoors: Get a clean plastic container like a food-grade storage bucket with a lid that you don't plan on using for food again. Drill some holes near the top for ventilation but not too close, so nothing falls into them!
Blue Oyster Mushroom Recipes
These mushrooms are fantastic for different types of food and teas. Try them! Blue Oyster mushrooms are versatile food items. Many people enjoy roasting these mushrooms. It's easy to do, as this simple recipe shows.
- Cut off and discard any tough ends of the mushroom stems.
- Place the Blue Oyster mushrooms into a large bowl.
- Add salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Stir everything until it's evenly combined.
Let the mushrooms sit long enough to absorb the oil while you preheat the oven. Once the oven reaches 400 degrees Fahrenheit, roast them for around 10 to 12 minutes. They make an ideal side dish because they have a slightly chewy texture and are mild in flavor.
They are best to eat when the caps are still flat before they open into a fan shape.
Troubleshooting Tips If Things Don't Go as Planned
What can you do when you have trouble growing Blue Oyster mushrooms? Here are a few tips for getting your mushrooms to grow.
- Make sure you've got enough fresh air and light exposure on the mycelium.
- If fruiting indoors, make sure that you have drilled some holes near the top but not too close, so nothing falls into them!
- Add about 1 inch of damp garden soil or compostable material that you spread on 2 tablespoonfuls of rye grain spawn or commercial active dry yeast starter culture.
- Cover this with 4 inches of wet newspaper strips loosely.
Remember to keep any unused Blue Oyster liquid culture syringes refrigerated until you start your next grow operation!
You have plenty of options for Oyster mushroom spawn. People report success using straw, sawdust spawn, coffee grounds, grain spawn, and pasteurized straw for their mushroom garden. All of the materials are affordable and easy to obtain. You can use fresh coffee grounds as soon as you finish making a pot.
Mushroom kits are also appropriate for novice growers and are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with growing these magical fruits!