Little Bunyip Farm produces fine oyster mushrooms – white oyster mushrooms, phoenix oyster mushrooms, pink oyster mushrooms and king oyster to be exact.
Phoenix oyster mushrooms grow in clusters and have a lovely grey-purplish cap and white stems. They are very fragile and have a strong earthy aroma.
Pink oyster mushrooms are indeed bright pink! They have a strong aroma which is reminiscent of seafood (hence the name ‘oyster mushrooms’ and are firm in texture. The fruit bodies have crenellated edges and they form in small clusters or 5-10 mushrooms. Once cooked, pink oyster mushrooms go a golden to peachy colour.
White oyster mushrooms have a firm, moist texture and retain this texture during cooking. They are a creamy white colour and have a mushroomy but slightly anise like flavour.
King oyster mushrooms are said to be the king of the oyster mushrooms – the cap and stem are eaten and their texture is firm without being chewy. They grow upwards with a straight stem and a small rounded cap. Their aroma is not as strong as they other oyster mushrooms but they have a deep, hearty flavour.