Vegucation: Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms got their name from their appearance. They grow in layers and look just like oyster shells. These mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as an immune booster, and for good reason!





Why are they beneficial?

Mushrooms in general have a good amount of antioxidants. The antioxidant that is only found in fungi  is called ergothioneine. Oyster mushrooms also contain iron, potassium, calcium, vitamins B1 and B2, and vitamin C.

When are they in season?

Oyster mushrooms can be grown year round, but there aren’t many mushroom growers in Tennessee. Thankfully, we have 2 Angels Mushroom Farm right here in Chattanooga! Always buy organic mushrooms since they are so porous.

How long will they keep?oyster mushroom

Once harvested, mushrooms will last about a week in the refrigerator, but they will have a better flavor and texture when fresh.

How can I prepare them?

Mushrooms are a great addition to any dish. Here are a few ideas:

  • Saute them with shopped green onions and garlic, then use them to top steak or chicken.
  • Add them to stir fries.
  • Grill them on kebabs.
  • Add them to pasta (especially Alfredo)
  • Top toasted baguette slices with sautéed mushrooms and goat cheese for an appetizer.


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Meet the Author


Rachel Howard

Rachel is studying to become a registered dietician at UTC. She believes eating real food is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and loves to teach others about nutrition. Rachel enjoys planning healthy and tasty meals and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. She likes the challenge of trying to make classic family recipes healthier or learning new cooking techniques.