The health benefits of Oyster mushrooms have been enjoyed and appreciated in Asian cultures for thousands of years, and recent studies are shining a light on the nutritious and medicinal properties of these (and many other) amazing mushrooms.
Here's a quick look at why Oyster mushrooms are so good for you.
Oyster mushrooms are:
At the same time, they're also high in:
Source: Medicinal Mushrooms, by Christopher Hobbs (1995)
But the benefits don’t end there. Recent studies have shown that Oyster mushrooms also have the following medicinal properties:
Check out this in-depth article including references to scientific studies looking at Oyster mushroom health benefits.
Paul Stamets, an authority on mushrooms who’s written 6 books on the subject, has this to say about the oyster mushrooms:
“Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious and medicinally supportive.”
The combination of great taste and health benefits explains why top chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Antonio Carluccio are huge mushroom fans. It might also go some way to explaining why in the UK mushrooms are now more popular than carrots, onions, broccoli and peppers!
Although most supermarkets and food stores now often stock Oyster mushrooms, you'll find they're often grown far away and are in poor condition by the time they get to you. So the best way to enjoy maxium taste and nutritional benefit is to grow your own.
The easiest way is with a kit - visit our shop and pick up a GroCycle Mushroom Kit (UK only). It's super simple; you just need to spray with water each day and watch as the mushrooms grow within 14 days in your kitchen.