Dried Oyster Mushrooms
The oyster mushroom often appears in dense clusters on its substrate. Wild oyster mushrooms mostly grows on still living or already dead trunks, branches or trees. The growth period of oyster mushrooms is from autumn to spring. They are characterised by their mildly spicy taste.
Oyster mushrooms are most delicious with:
- with herbs on bread
How healthy are oyster mushrooms?
Dried oyster mushrooms are perfect for a healthy diet, as they contain many essential amino acids and are low in fats but have a very high protein content (20%-40%). They also aid digestion with their high fibre content. Furthermore, it has been proven that oyster mushrooms strengthen the immune system, have an antioxidant effect, many vitamins, especially vitamins B and D, and lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Why are dried mushrooms so expensive, relatively speaking, and what are the advantages of dried mushrooms?
Fresh mushrooms contain a lot of water and lose up to 90% of their weight when dried. This explains the higher price of dried mushrooms compared to fresh mushrooms. When soaked in water though, dried mushrooms expand to almost their normal size and both their taste and consistency remain nearly unchanged. One of the biggest advantages of dried mushrooms is their shelf life. If stored correctly, sufficiently dried mushrooms can be kept for several years without any noticeable loss of quality. However, it is important that the mushrooms are stored in an airtight container.