Oyster mushrooms are not only delicious, but also provide the human body with many nutrients and minerals. They are rich in proteins, amino acids – which help to enhance memory and mental development – iron, niacin – which helps to maintain a healthy heart and lower cholesterol – fiber, B Vitamins and Vitamin D.
Lots of us are lacking in Vitamin D due to many hours indoors with no sun exposure, so these are a great way to boost your levels! Vitamin D positively influences cell growth and enzymes in our immune systems and our bodies also cannot absorb an important mineral, calcium, without a source of Vitamin D.
Many believe Oyster mushrooms to be the easiest to cultivate. They are primary saprophytes, which means they do not require a composted substrate. They will flourish on dead wood, straw, grass, wheat, rye, rice, corn, bamboo, cotton, hemp, coffee waste… practically any dried cellulosic plant material!
Blue Oyster mushrooms can grow at cooler temperatures than other mushrooms from the Oyster family, which can be a great benefit for many people.
Not only are they beautiful and delicious, they are also rich in nutrients – containing iron, copper, vitamin D, manganese, zinc, vitamin B5, fiber, magnesium, potassium, protein – and possess many antiviral and antioxidant qualities.
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