by Erin & Brady Raymond
Saute the oyster mushrooms in butter on medium high until they start to look crispy. Once they look done, put them on a plate with a paper towel to soak up the excess butter while cooking the eggs and toasting the english muffins. This breakfast comes together pretty quickly and the fresh parsley and thyme really set it off.
Often times keeping it simple yields delicious results, case in point. It was exciting to find our first oysters of the year too, and that surely made such a simple recipe that much more rewarding. We noticed a number of small oysters growing on a log, too small to harvest, just before we found this nice little clump (pictured below). The weather has been perfect as of late and I’m sure anyone who takes the time to look for dead Alder trees will find themselves eating some oyster mushrooms too.
If you’ve never found oyster mushrooms they are a fairly easy and often abundant fungi to find. I won’t go into describing them in too much detail here as any reputable mushroom book will no doubt have a detailed description. But, as stated above, around here at least, they grow on dead Alder trees, which themselves are found in riparian woodlands. They fruit most abundantly in spring but a good rain in the middle of summer will often flush a few. Folks with keen eyes could be feasting on these delicious mushrooms throughout the warmer months.
Angel Wing mushrooms tend to favor the fall months and their growth seems to be confined to dead conifers, most notably hemlock. I’ve never tried them myself, they are more delicate and yields tend to be smaller in my experience.
We’ve avoided using scientific names as they appear to be a complex of species but they reside in the genus Pleurotus, for now. Names don’t matter if all the signs point to it being an oyster, make sure to do your homework though before you try something new. When in doubt, throw it out. Or, attend one of the spring “Hildegard Hendrickson ID Clinics” starting April, 24 at CUH. Click on the link for more info.
For new mushroomers check out this link to the PSMS website about mushroom edibility: Eating Wild Mushrooms