The yellow oyster mushroom changes the eye of many, which is why it has grown in popularity for mushroom growers all over

The yellow oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) is a sight to behold at farmers’ markets and specialty markets around the United States. The yellow oyster mushroom is a vibrant mushroom, regardless if you are seeing it sitting on a grocery store shelf or growing out of a stump in the woods.

Today we are going over the yellow oyster mushroom, including some of its constituents, reasons why people like this mushroom, and ways you can grow it at home.

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Why people like the yellow oyster mushroom 

According to one study on oyster mushrooms, “P. citrinopileatus contained 22.10% protein,1.32% crude lipid , 20.78% fiber. Pleurotus citrinopileatus mushroom can be an excellent source of micronutrients and antioxidants components.”

That is one of the reasons why people like the yellow oyster mushroom. This mushroom has beneficial constituents that may help people stay healthy. 

Yellow oyster mushrooms have also been looked at for their efficacy with diabetes. A scientific study was conducted on rats to see if extract of yellow oyster mushroom helped with impacting blood glucose levels. Here’s what the study reported: “Treatment with P. citrinopileatus extract showed reduction in blood glucose levels when compared with STZ induced diabetec rats.”

Another study looked at the immune system and the yellow oyster mushroom. Polysaccharides found in yellow oyster mushrooms were specifically targeted for their ability to modulate the immune system and protect against illnesses, like cancer. According to the study, “…our results suggested that the P. citrinopileatus mushroom could regulate macrophage activities by its β-glucan and might contain other immune regulative compounds, such as vitamin D2, as well as PCPS.”

It is clear that more studies, and hopefully ones involving human subjects, will be conducted in regards to the yellow oyster mushroom.

Many people are not aware of these studies with oyster mushrooms and are intrigued by their properties after learning about them. Oftentimes these same people like yellow oyster mushroom for the flavor and texture they bring to various meals.

The yellow oyster mushroom’s flavor is quite complex. Some taste a slight sweet or fruitiness, while others report a slight nutty flavor that tastes like cashews. The aroma is often referred to as being reminiscent of aged red wine. The texture can vary depending on how long the mushroom is cooked, and we do recommend cooking the yellow oysters. The textures can be smooth and velvety, crisp or chewy.

Nutrition yellow of oyster mushrooms

According to the USDA, 1 cup of raw, sliced oyster mushrooms contains 28 calories. It has similar amounts of fat (0.3 grams and 0.1 grams of saturated fat). The amount of protein is 2.9 grams with 5.2 grams of total carbohydrates, which includes 2 grams of dietary fiber and 0.9 grams of sugars. Potassium is 10% of the daily value at 361 mg. There is a small amount of sodium at 15 mg and no cholesterol.

The iron content of the oysters is higher than some of the other mushrooms, at 6.4% of the daily value. Oyster mushrooms: A single piece of oyster mushroom is said to have 9.52 grams of total carbs, with 3.6 grams being from fiber.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) shares an interesting insight as well. “According to the study, “Compared with nonconsumers, consumers had higher intakes of energy, protein, thiamin, niacin, folate, copper, selenium, and sodium. Total and added sugars were lower in mushroom consumers.”

Suggestions for growing the yellow oyster mushroom

If you are interested in growing the yellow oyster mushroom on stumps, then check out this article with an instructional video. The video will show you exactly how to inoculate a tree stump in the woods with yellow oyster spawn.

This other article is a great reference for growing golden oyster mushrooms through various methods.

You can also grow your own yellow oyster mushrooms at home with one of our mushroom growing kits. Each yellow oyster mushroom kit is 10 lbs of colonized substrate, certified organic, and ready to fruit. You should see the mushrooms starting to pin with 4-7 days of starting the kit and you should have your first flush of edible mushrooms within two weeks of starting the process, assuming that you keep your kit in desirable conditions. Doing so will help you yield pounds of fresh mushrooms throughout the lifespan of the kit. If you want to try a growing kit and have interest in other species beyond the yellow oyster, check out our growing kits page now to see our entire selection.

For fruiting your yellow oyster mushroom kit, keep your temperature conditions around 75-80 degrees F with a relative humidity in the 80-95% range.

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