King Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii)

King Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii)

This is a very well known mushroom, a favourite in culinary circles, and the best of the Pleurotus genus. Its classification is as follows:

Morphological characteristics

This mushroom has a relatively small cap, ranging between 5cm and 10cm in diameter in adult specimens. It is convex, but only at birth, quickly becoming flatter and occasionally becoming slightly concave in the middle. The colour varies, with some examples a very dark brown and other a light ochre. When young, the surface area is slightly scaly, becoming smoother with age. The edge of the cap is curled in younger specimens but thin and uneven in adult mushrooms.

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Cultivated Mushrooms

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