Oyster mushrooms are easy to grow and delicious to eat. However oyster mushrooms aren’t limited to just being a food crop. They have been used for mycoremediation (using fungi to degrade or sequester contaminants in the environment), as a packaging material, and even for medical purposes.

Fast growing, feeding on a variety of substrates, and adaptable to a range of environments, oyster mushrooms are a great beginner mushroom for those wanting to grow their own.

Oyster mushrooms can be easily cultivated at home from spawn kits or from ready to fruit kits. They can also be found in hardwood forests, though you must be 100% sure of the species before you eat it. Get in touch with your local mycological society for more information on foraging and safety procedures before going out on your own.

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