King Oyster Mushroom

November 12, 2012

Pleurotus eryngii is also known as the king trumpet mushroom, the French horn mushroom, the boletus of the steppes, and trumpet royale.

With a engorged stipe, this gilled mushroom is an impressive edible.  Fresh mushrooms have little flavor, but they develop savory flavors when cooked.

The rest of the oysters mushrooms are wood-digesting, but wild P. eryngii weakly parasitizes herbaceous plants.  Like other oysters, kings can also be cultivated on organic wastes.

Certain polysaccharides found in king oysters have been shown to stimulate an immune response.  Their use in anti-cancer therapy is being studied.

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