Oyster mushroom belong to the Botanical family of Pleurotus ostreatus. Species of Pleurotus may be called oyster, abalone or tree mushrooms and are some of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world.
A spectrum of colored Pleurotus has appeared in the marketplace. Gray, blue, yellow, pink, and white caps will please the eye as well as the palate. Members of our society call it the “designer mushroom.” Especially delicious is the dark-capped P. sajor-caju, which blends well in a variety of dishes. The stems are tender and tasty, which makes them a good buy.
We, at MSM Mushroom corner sell White, Gray and Pink Oyster Mushrooms.
Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica) can be grown on wide range of substrates as in case of oyster mushroom. It can be grown on substrates containing lignin, cellulose and hemicelluloses. Substrate should be fresh and dry. Substrates exposed to rain or harvested premature (green color) are prone to various weed moulds which may result in failure of the crop. It can be grown on straw of paddy, wheat, ragi, maize/bajra/cotton stalks and leaves, sugarcane bagasse, cotton and jute wastes, dehulled maize cobs, tea/coffee waste etc., However cereal straw (paddy/wheat) which is easily available in abundance, is being widely used.
Milky mushrooms can be considered an easy and healthier substitute for the more widely known and tasted Button Mushrooms.
Button Mushroom (Agaricus spp.) is the most popular mushroom variety grown and consumed all over the world. In India, its production earlier was limited to the winter season, but with technology development, these are produced almost throughout the year in small, medium and large farms, adopting different levels of technology. The species being grown in most farms is the white button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) belonging to Class Basidiomycetes and Family Agaricaceae.
In TamilNadu, it is majorly grown in Coonoor and Ooty due to its colder weather and high Humidity.