Mutant Mushrooms

January 27, 2010 | By | Comments (2)

I went on vacation for two weeks, and before I left, I prepped our mushrooms logs for a period of rest following a good harvest.  I fully intended to restart the fruiting process when I returned, but they seemed to have become a little anxious or perhaps disappointed that I had left them without daily attention (yes, our mushrooms have feelings).  When I returned, our Blue Oyster log was bursting with what I imagine alien fingers look like, and our Shiitake had one pathetic button and plenty of periwinkle mold covering the log.

Snapshot 2010-01-27 16-06-17

(Our mutant Blue Oyster Mushrooms)

I refrained from eating the shiitake, but I just had to have a taste of the mutant Blue Oyster mushrooms.  “Is that safe?” you may ask.  Their caps (which, in fact, resemble more of funnel) resembled that of a typical Blue Oyster mushroom, but the stalks were thick and knotted.  I figured they couldn’t be some other type of dangerous mushroom since they came from the professionally cultivated log we had already received two crops from, so I decided to eat them.

Snapshot 2010-01-27 16-06-35

(how a Blue Oyster mushroom should look)

A quick sauté with a little olive oil and a dash of salt brought out the flavor of the mushrooms, but the texture was a bit weird for me.  If this becomes the regular form they decide to take, I may have to puree them in a soup instead, otherwise my family and friends may be scared to eat them. And rightfully so.


  1. ah

    My mushrooms look just like your mutant oyster mushrooms in the photos. The older ones that have dried up at the caps look like the top photo and the new ones are bluish like the second photo. I took the mycelium from regular looking oyster mushrooms (with large caps) in the supermarket (not blue oyster). Don’t know why they look the way they do. I wait for the caps to get bigger but they dry up instead. Can anyone help?

    April 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm
  2. buy r4 dsi

    Hey I have never tasted such Blue Oyster mushroom before.Now I am going to find this one to taste it..Thank you very much for this post.

    January 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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