Like other oyster mushrooms, blues are among the fastest fruiting mushrooms out there and when conditions are right clusters can double in size within a day or two! As the name suggests, their main distinguishing characteristic from other members of the genus is their striking blue colour which starts of as a deep blue during pinning and turning to a smoky grey as the mushroom matures.
can be used in a variety of dishes, especially soups and pastas. The flavor is unique and delicious. The stems can be chewy, and you may want to avoid using the stems in most dishes.
One cup of oyster mushrooms has approximately 65 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fat, and about 5 grams of protein. They are high in several vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, and folate.
- may lower cholesterol
- may reduce risk of cancer
- promote heart health
- support better immune function
- improve metabolic health