Northern Bushcraft

Oyster Mushroom

  • cap is up to 25 cm broad, fan-like, smooth, moist, cream to light brown.
  • flesh is off-white, firm.
  • no stalk-like stem is present.
  • usually grows in large overlapping clusters, on trees, logs and stumps of hardwoods and conifers, never on the ground.
  • gills have smooth (not serrated) edges and are not separable from the rest of the cap.
  • appears in spring and fall.
  • has a mild, pleasant taste and fragrant fruity odor; cook before eating.
  • a potentially poisonous look-alike for kidney patients is the Angel wings mushroom (Pleurocybella porrigens), which is similar in appearance but is ivory white rather than cream, has thinner flesh.
  • do not eat specimens that under 8 cm broad, to avoid confusion with smaller, inedible look-alike species.
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