Cultivation Difficulty: Easy
Substrate: Pasteurized straw, hardwood chips and sawdust, various grains, newspaper and cardboard.
Colonization/Fruiting Temperatures: 75-85F/70-85F
Available In: Culture in slant or petri dish*
The golden oyster is an attractive fast growing mushroom that fruits on a wide range of woody substrates. The mushrooms grow in clusters of small, thin fleshed, funnel-shaped yellow caps.
The flavor improves dramatically with thorough cooking. Mushrooms tend to be bitter and sour when raw or undercooked.
The golden oyster is not as productive as other oyster mushrooms, so expect only about two flushes before the substrate is exhausted. The temperature must be at least 65F to initiate fruiting. These mushrooms also need plenty of fresh air to develop normally. High carbon dioxide levels from mushroom metabolism will accumulate in sealed growing environments and may reduce cap size severely. We've found the golden oyster to be tempermental, and not reliable enough for scaled up production. It is best suited as a novelty mushroom grown for the unique coloration of the fruits.
Golden oyster mushroom sawdust spawn blocks are avaialble seasonally for those that want to play with this variety and not invest the time in tissue culturing or starting from scratch.
*Note: Culture supplied as living mycelium in a test tube slant. Culture can be stored under refrigeration for several months. Slants are best suited for long distance travel, international shipments, or long term culture storage. To ensure freshness of culture, slant requests are made to order, please allow 2-4 weeks for processing and shipment..