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Aspen Oyster Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

Aspen Oyster Mushroom - 12cc Gourmet Mushroom Liquid Culture Grow Kit with grow bag or 80mm Petri Dish

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 Aspen Oyster Mushroom

Aspen Oyster Mushroom

The Aspen oyster mushroom (Pleurotus populinus) is part of the oyster species complex found in North America. It appears primarily on quaking aspen trees (hence the common name) but also grows on other species of aspen trees and cottonwoods.  The Aspen oyster is also commonly called the Spring oyster, but that isn’t a great name since other oyster mushroom species may appear in spring.  The Aspen Oyster is generally found in northern, mountainous areas, following the range of their preferred tree hosts. It looks incredibly similar to the more well-known and widespread oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus. Often, the tree species is the only way to differentiate between the two.   Aspen oyster mushrooms are a “new” species, scientifically speaking. They were first separated out from P. ostreatus in 1993 and given a provisional name. In 1997, it was republished with its current name and entered into the fungi databases.It appears anytime from spring through fall but is more common in spring and early summer.

Habitat

This oyster mushroom grows mainly on quaking aspen (poplar) trees but is also found on other aspens and cottonwoods (Populus genus). It grows on living, dead, and dying trees. The Aspen oyster mushroom is saprobic, causing a white rot that will eventually kill a tree.  Aspen oysters grow singularly but more often are found in dense shelf-like clusters. Several caps will grow out of a single base stem.  The caps of the Aspen oyster mushroom are white or cream-colored to light gray or pale tan. There is a bit of variance in the coloring. Caps are half-moon or oyster-shell shaped with a slight depression in the center. They’re also described as kidney-shaped or fan-shaped to almost circular, depending on where they are growing on the tree or log.  Aspen oyster caps are bare and have inrolled margins in youth. As they mature, the edges turn wavy and upturned. They range from 1.5-6.5 inches wide.

The gills on Aspen oysters are decurrent, meaning they run partway down the stem. Aspen oyster gills are white or cream-colored and closely spaced. The stem on this mushroom is often nonexistent or very short. It is also white or cream-colored and may be slightly hairy.  Aspen oyster flesh is white and does not change color when cut or bruised. It does not have a strong scent – it is mild and mushroomy, sometimes with a light licorice scent.   Anytime you’re around quaking aspen, cottonwoods, or other trees in this genus, keep an eye out for Aspen oyster mushrooms. They will grow anywhere on the wood, from way up high in the tree to logs splayed across the ground. These mushrooms are more likely to be found on dying or dead trees or logs, so be especially attentive around these.  Like all oyster species, these mushrooms get infested by bugs quickly and easily. They’re also a favorite snack of slugs, chipmunks, and other forest creatures. If you find some in good condition, harvest them! Don’t wait with this species.  Aspen oysters are best used within a few days of harvesting. Store them in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Aspen Oyster Mushroom Lookalikes

As mentioned previously, the Aspen oyster mushroom looks almost exactly like the common oyster mushroom, P. ostreatus. The main way to tell these apart is by tree species. To learn more about P. ostreatus, check out the in-depth guide here.  In addition to looking like the common oyster, the Aspen oyster also resembles all oyster mushrooms, including the Veiled oyster. Thankfully, all of these species are edible so there are no worries if you mix them up.  Lastly, there is one species of potentially dangerous mushroom that many people confuse with oyster mushrooms. Angel wings look similar, but there are some key differences, especially compared to the Aspen oyster. The Angel wing mushroom grows primarily on conifer trees and is not likely to ever be on aspen or cottonwood.

Is the Aspen oyster edible?

Yes, it is an excellent edible mushroom. Use it in any recipe that calls for oyster mushrooms.

When should I look for the Aspen oyster?

The best time to start hunting for Aspen oysters is in spring and early fall around aspen trees and other trees in the Populus genus.

 

LAB CREATED PRODUCTS SINCE 2005

All our mushroom cultures are only one to two transfers away from the 1st generation mother culture to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and fast-growing product.  Each liquid mushroom culture syringe contains 12 cc's of mycelium suspended in a nutrient broth solution or commonly referred to as a liquid culture. Unlike many vendors, our cultures do not contain honey, we use a special clear recipe so you can see exactly what you're getting. Your mushroom culture is guaranteed to arrive 100% viable and completely contamination-free ready to inoculate a substrate of your choice.  You may use your LC Syringe right away or store it in its mylar container in the refrigerator for 12 months or longer! 

 

Your order with us today will contain: 


(1) sterile 12 ml syringe with locking cap of Aspen Oyster Mushroom.

(1) mylar syringe sleeve for long-term storage.

(2) alcohol pads.

(1) 18-gauge needle.

(1) Small grow bag

24K Gold Infusion (see below)

 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

We add 24K Gold to all our products! 

As far are we know, there is no proven study that has determined pure gold helps to promote fungi growth....we have done our own studies and have concluded that in side-by-side tests, over 6 months, it does. We add 24K gold flakes to certain products we sell, so if you see little gold flakes or nuggets in your product, this is NOT contamination. 24K gold is non-toxic and edible.  You have to see this product to believe it, some call it a breakthrough in fungi development...not sure if we would agree with that, but we think we have a pretty good product here.

Worldwide shipping makes us the most turned to mushroom culture producer/distributor in the world. If you can’t find it in your country, we have you covered, and our shipping time is considerably less than what you may expect. 

Shipping & Returns

We use USPS priority 2–3 day mail for US orders and Priority International (2-10 days) for the rest of the world. All orders have a tracking number, and we always use discrete shipping methods and know-how to ship items overseas, we have over 15 years of experience doing so, trust us, you will get your order no matter where you live.

We have a 30-day return policy for all products we sell on our website, we do not offer money back returns. We will gladly replace any defective item if it’s returned within 30 days of purchase, but we will not issue refunds for spore related products.

Dimensions

Syringes and grow kits are shipped in 9x6x1 padded eveevploes with hot/cold weather inserts and in mylar long term storage sleeves. Larger items are sent in 6x6x6 boxes or larger, fully insulated and wrapped in bubblewrap.

Care Instructions

You may store our syringes in the refrigerator for up to 12 months in the included mylar storsgr sleeve. Agar plates and slants maybe stored for years in a dark cool environment.

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