The Phoenix, or Grey Oyster Mushrooms
For orders received before 11am, We pick fresh and send the same day for overnight delivery (using NZ Post). For orders after 11am we will pick and ship the following day.
- Oyster mushrooms contain high amounts of amino acids such as thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid, sterols, and carotenoids. They contain high levels of vitamin C, potassium and iron.
- Oyster mushrooms are well researched in their ability to boost the immune system and help fight infection. They may also have medicinal uses for reducing pain sensitivity.
- They are one of the best mushroom sources of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may reduce instances of cardiovascular disease by preventing plaque build-up in the arteries. Early Statins (used by people with high cholesterol) were originally sourced from oyster mushrooms.
- Oyster mushrooms are primarily made up of protein and complex carbohydrates and are one of the best sources of ergothioneine, a unique antioxidant found only in fungi.
How to use
- The Phoenix oyster are great as a meat substitute (use them as you might use chicken.
- They also pair well with fish, chicken, lamb and pork. You can use them in soups, pasta, risotto, casseroles, stir-frys, tarts/pies, terrines, slow cooks and more.
- Or simply sauté them in garlic and butter and enjoy them on their own with some quality bread. This variety only needs 5-8 minutes to cook.
- These mushrooms will keep for up to a week if stored in a paper bag in the refrigerator. Even if they dry out a little, they will bounce back when cooked!
Ohau Gourmet Mushrooms grow facts:
- We grow our delicious mushrooms indoors in hanging bags on organic Pine sawdust, supplemented with some Soy.
- Everything is locally produced in Horowhenua.
- No harmful chemicals are used in production
- They are a highly sustainable product, using very little water use and exceedingly low environmental impact
- We use our old substrate as compost, where the heat from the compost is used to heat the grow rooms in winter.
- Phoenix Oyster mushrooms grow in clusters of 5 or 6 mushrooms (more like 20+ with our awesome production process!), and we grow these year-round indoors.
- The flesh is smooth, thick and white, the texture is silken and tender, and its taste is mild and faintly sweet.
- Phoenix Oyster mushrooms scientific name is Pleurotus pulmonarius, and they grow in forests on dead wood, often quickly decomposing the wood they are growing on.
- They tend to prefer conifer trees, and do well growing on firs, spruce, poplar, oak, maple, elm and aspen trees, but can also be cultivated from spores in mediums like straw, hay, sawdust and coffee grounds.