Getting to Know

Getting to know: Italian Oyster mushrooms

Getting to know: Italian Oyster mushrooms

The Italian Oyster mushrooms are aggressive and quick to fruit, just like the other Oyster mushrooms we grow in our facility. Some intriguing, yet limited, research on the carbohydrates in Italian Oysters helps them stand out.

Getting to know: Pioppino mushrooms

Getting to know: Pioppino mushrooms

Also known as the Black Poplar mushroom, Pioppini grow in tight clusters. Once they start fruiting, they should be ready to harvest within four to six days.

Pioppino mushrooms contain a compound called ceramide, which might have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer potential, according to some research in the United States. The researchers isolated the ceramide from the mushroom and tested it against COX-2 enzymes that contribute to inflammation.

They found the compound noticeably hindered COX-2 and partially challenged stomach, breast, and central nervous system diseases. The researchers suggest eating Pioppino mushrooms regularly could...


Getting to know: Chestnut mushrooms

Getting to know: Chestnut mushrooms

The Chestnut mushrooms look like a perfectly cooked marshmallow by the campfire – a golden brown top and white around the edges. It’s safe to say they’re healthier as well.

For one, the mushroom may reduce the growth of abnormal cells, according to a study in China. Researchers found a lectin in the chestnut mushrooms has antiproliferative activities. Antiproliferative means they tend to suppress cell growth, especially malignant cells which sometimes lead to tumours. In this study, they reportedly slowed down breast cancer and hepatoma cells.

Chestnut mushrooms may help against high...


Getting to know...Pink Oyster

Getting to know...Pink Oyster

JCB Gourmet Mushrooms’ founder and CEO says it best when describing the Pink Oyster.

“The Pink is hands down the most beautiful of all of the mushrooms, undeniably,” John Bakker says. “It’s really impressive. And it grows like crazy. Let’s say you had a Pink Oyster grow kit. Within a week, you’d have a harvest.”

The Pink Oyster is a good fibre source; better than King Oysters and Shiitake mushrooms when dried. The latter two mushrooms are still considered important sources of fibre, so it’s really saying something. The fibres in the Pink Oyster are helpful...


Getting to know...Blue Oyster

Getting to know...Blue Oyster

The Blue Oyster mushroom is quite similar to the Pearl or Snow Oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus. It is also often considered a variant of it as well, the Pleurotus ostreatus var. columbinus. 

The Blue Oyster has similar nutrients and health benefits as a result. The main visual difference is the smoky blue or bluish-grey look of the caps when they mature. The Blue Oyster also has a nice smooth transition from the top of the cap to its underside, also known as an even cap margin. Along with being speedy, simple growers and having a unique but pleasant visual...