I looked back at the last few years to see when the first real mushroom blooms were in my area. I am anxiously waiting for this years. I plan to go out this weekend and get Ramps and Nettles, but I really want some oyster mushrooms. Here are the picks from the last few years. (No specific order)
2011 First bloom was April 10th
2012 First bloom was March 31st
2013 First bloom was May 15th I think? I do not have a dated pic till the 29th
2014 May 10th
So a bunch of oyster mushrooms bloomed. Today I harvested some for lunch. I never have time to cook decent lunch so here is my quickly receipt for oysters. I make them up in the toaster oven.
Toaster oven oyster mushrooms
3 or 4 cups of oyster mushrooms (see picture)
2 tbs of butter
2 egg whites
Seasoned bread crumbs (I think my wife puts garlic powder black pepper and dried parsley in them)
Old bay 1 to 2 tbs
And some flower to toss the mushrooms in.
Melt the butter and add 2 egg whites.
Add the old bay to the bread crumbs.
Toss mushrooms in flower, then the egg wash, then the bread crumbs. Bake gills up at 450 for 10 min., flip then 10 min. more or till golden brown.
They taste awesome, I do not dip them in anything. I think most dips make oyster mushrooms taste like fish, and if I wanted fish, I would go fishing. I make oysters in just butter all the time. They have a unique taste. I have been told that the foraged oysters taste different from the store bought. I have never bought them, but I can see that being true. The foraged ones seem to all taste different from each other, some stronger tasting and some very mild.
Oysters mushrooms – (a group more then a specific mushroom) They bloom on and off year round, even during warm ups in the winter. They grow on dead and dying deciduous trees. Unlike some store bought varieties the the ones shown here are often delicate, and vary greatly in taste, even among those of similar appearance. Here in Erie we can get a almond/anise oder and flavor that can be almost over whelming. The Heath benefits of oyster mushrooms are well documented, and like all mushrooms that grow in the sun light they have vitamin D. They dry and rehydrate well. They were the first wild mushrooms I learned, and I love them more every year. Happy hunting
Vegans looking for none animal vitamin D should read about growing mushrooms in the sun, and sun drying mushrooms. Most store bought mushrooms are grown inside or in the dark, but some growers enhance their mushrooms with ultraviolet light.
PS. Do not learn mushrooms from the internet. White gilled mushrooms can kill you in nasty ways.