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December 10, 2018

The Phoenix, or Grey, Oyster Mushroom

The Phoenix, or Grey, Oyster Mushroom is fairly common throughout the planet. They were first commercial cultivated, by the Germans, during World War One. Now they are a gourmet mushroom staple.

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  • The 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.
  • At Ohau Gourmet Mushrooms we grow on organic Pine pellets and feed them soy hull pellets as nutrition.

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Nutritional Value

  • 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 primarily made up of protein and complex carbohydrates and are one of the best sources of ergothioneine, a unique antioxidant found only in fungi.
  • Ergothioneine has been shown to help fight chronic inflammation and may prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries, which leads to cardiovascular disease.
  • Oyster mushrooms help to boost the immune system and may have medicinal uses for reducing pain sensitivity.

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How to use

  • Phoenix tail oyster mushrooms pair well with fish, chicken, lamb and pork, and may be used 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 of cooking time.
  • 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!

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Ohau Gourmet Mushrooms grow facts: 

  • We grow our delicious mushrooms indoors in hanging bags on Oak hardwood, the mushrooms natural habitat, using Soy as nutrition
  • Locally produced on the Kapiti Coast
  • We use organic materials, so no inorganic chemicals or pesticides are used in the production
  • Mushrooms are naturally very sustainable to produce. They require very little water or energy.
  • We use our harvested grow bags as mushroom compost for our vegetable patch.

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Oyster Mushroom Nutritional information

Nutritional value of Mushrooms, oyster, raw
Serving Size: 1 Cup sliced, 86 g

Calories 28 Kcal. Calories from Fat 3.15 Kcal.

ProximityAmount% DV
Water76.69 gN/D
Energy28 KcalN/D
Energy120 kJN/D
Protein2.85 g5.70%
Total Fat (lipid)0.35 g1.00%
Ash0.87 gN/D
Carbohydrate5.24 g4.03%
Total dietary Fiber2 g5.26%
Total Sugars0.95 gN/D
Glucose (dextrose)0.95 gN/D
MineralsAmount% DV
Calcium, Ca3 mg0.30%
Iron, Fe1.14 mg14.25%
Magnesium, Mg15 mg3.57%
Phosphorus, P103 mg14.71%
Potassium, K361 mg7.68%
Sodium, Na15 mg1.00%
Zinc, Zn0.66 mg6.00%
Copper, Cu0.21 mg23.33%
Manganese, Mn0.097 mg4.22%
Selenium, Se2.2 µg4.00%
VitaminsAmount% DV
Water-soluble Vitamins
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.108 mg9.00%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.3 mg23.08%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)4.262 mg26.64%
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)1.113 mg22.26%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)0.095 mg7.31%
Vitamin B9 (Folate)33 µg8.25%
Folic Acid0 µgN/D
Folate, food33 µgN/D
Folate, DEF33 µgN/D
Choline41.9 mg7.62%
Fat-soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A, RAE2 µg0.29%
Vitamin A, IU41 IUN/D
Beta Carotene25 µgN/D
Betaine10.4 mgN/D
Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)25 µg166.67%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0.6 µgN/D
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)0.6 µgN/D
LipidsAmount% DV
Fatty acids, total saturated0.053 gN/D
Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)0.053 gN/D
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated0.027 gN/D
Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)0.027 gN/D
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.106 gN/D
Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)0.106 gN/D
Campesterol1 mgN/D
Amino acidsAmount% DV
Tryptophan0.036 g8.18%
Threonine0.12 g6.82%
Isoleucine0.096 g5.74%
Leucine0.144 g3.90%
Lysine0.108 g3.23%
Methionine0.036 gN/D
Cystine0.024 gN/D
Phenylalanine0.096 gN/D
Tyrosine0.072 gN/D
Valine0.169 g8.00%
Arginine0.157 gN/D
Histidine0.06 g4.87%
Alanine0.206 gN/D
Aspartic acid0.254 gN/D
Glutamic acid0.544 gN/D
Glycine0.108 gN/D
Proline0.036 gN/D
Serine0.108 gN/D

*Above mentioned Percent Daily Values (%DVs) are based on 2,000 calorie diet intake. Daily values (DVs) may be different depending upon your daily calorie needs. Mentioned values are recommended by a U.S. Department of Agriculture. They are not recommendations. Calculations are based on average age of 19 to 50 years and weighs 194 lbs.

Source USDA


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