If you are wanting to start a home-based business growing mushrooms, Pink Oysters are an excellent starting place. Vibrant colors are known for drawing in interest at a farmers market; in fact, before I got more knowledgeable with mushrooms I hadn’t known it was possible for them to be beautiful. Seeing the Pink Oysters for the first time is a considerable part of what got me interested in learning more about mushrooms in general.
Starting with easier projects is often the best way to go, as it gives you a chance to get used to the process. The hardiness and quick growing of Pinks makes them a boon for people unfamiliar with the process. Seeing the product of your work is also a great confidence boost, and will help you figure out if you’re in the right business.
Due to having a shorter shelf life than other mushrooms, it is recommended to not wait more than a day or two to use them after they’ve been harvested. This keeps them off store shelves, making them more exotic to consumers. If growing for home use, it’s best to harvest shortly before cooking, however, if you will be selling them make sure to store them in the fridge as soon after harvesting as possible.
Often said to be an adequate replacement for bacon bits, Pink Oysters are great for many dishes, with omelets being a common choice. When cooked, they tend to turn a dark brown instead of the vibrant pink, and if not cooked fully might have a slightly bitter taste. If you have a favorite recipe for Pink Oysters, be sure to let us know.
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