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Golden Oyster

Pleurotus citrinopileatus

Golden Oyster (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)
12cc liquid culture syringe
$15 - $25 suggested donation
Once upon a time, a poor but hubristic mushroom farmer boasted to the king that he could turn straw into gold. Calling his bluff, the king kidnapped his daughter, agreeing to release her only if he proved himself truthful. Bereft, the farmer resigned himself to tears and stiff drink, when lo and behold, a strange creature appeared to him in his stupor. "If you can guess my name in three days," it said, "I will turn this straw to gold and save your daughter. If you fail, you will never see her again." Inspired with a feverish craftiness, the farmer plunged himself deep into the annals of internet mycology forums. On the eve of the third day, he at last came across an old, archived post and declared with triumph, "Citrinopileatus!"

The Golden Oyster is a sublime culinary mushroom. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it has a most delicate texture and mild but distinct savoriness. A charming addition to nearly any dish, I prefer to eat it on its own, crisped in butter like chips. It has chefs drooling as soon as you walk in the door, and will never hang around long enough to spoil.

Fruiting abundantly from stumps, logs and outdoor mushroom beds, this is also a fantastic variety for commercial indoor cultivation. Requiring a more delicate touch than other oysters, it can tend to be a bit finicky with inadequately pasteurized substrates, and the mushrooms themselves are fragile, easily breaking during transport. But with a gentle hand, this could just be a mushroom farmers' golden goose.


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