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Pleurotus nebrodensis - the white king oyster or Bailin oyster mushroom

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#1 Guest_psi_*

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:03 AM

First grow with this species.

Culture (in the form of colonised grain) generously shared by Fabio from FSP (

- Grain put to agar, agar wedges used to make liquid culture.
- WBS inoculated by LC.
- WBS spawned to final fruiting substrate in large filter patch bag. Substrate was made up of composted horse manure (~50%), coir (~15%), cardboard (~15%), weetbix (~10%), torula yeast (~5%) and gypsum (~5%). Colonisation took less than 2 weeks, but it was a long time ago now, so I'm not entirely sure.

At the time of putting it into fruiting conditions, I was in the process of packing up the house to move. As a result, the conditions were far from ideal. As the room was heated, all the delicate aerial mycelium died, so I cased it with 50/50 peat/verm. The entire casing became colonised.

After several more days, I decided that it wouldn't fruit in a heated room, so I moved it to the laundry, where it was badly neglected. During this time, the entire surface of the casing became a sea of hyphal knots, but pins would not form. I realised that a cold shock was needed, but didn't really want to initiate fruiting until after moving.

After weeks of neglect, I finally moved and cold-shocked it in the fridge overnight, submerged in water. A few days after putting in back into fruiting conditions, in still less than ideal condition, pins began to form.

The fruits took around a week to mature.

They were absolutely delicious.

Hopefully I'll have a second flush in a couple of weeks.

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#2 PsychoDrogue



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Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:09 AM

looks killer man. some great pics in there. all of them actually...

how do they compare in flavor and texture to normal oysters?
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 01:46 AM

Very very nice man. Excellent pics bravo. Hats off to you man. Congrats:headbang::kewl:

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 09:34 AM

Awesome job Psylence. Those are some beautiful oysters.

When I get my edible business setup want to come and work for me? Although it might be hard to get such nice looking tropical foliage in the background! Right now all you would see is snow.


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:29 PM

how do they compare in flavor and texture to normal oysters?

Not sure. I've only ever eaten pink oysters knowingly (have probably eaten other oysters in Chinese food though) and they were far inferior in my opinion. I really don't like button mushrooms at all and pink oysters have a hint of that typical button mushroom flavour, so that put me off them a fair bit.

These ones were much firmer than the pink oysters and much tastier.

Hey Matt, will you pay for my airfare over?:D

I think the white snow background would go fairly well with these ones though. You might have some difficulty with the lack of contrast though.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 06:43 PM

pretty nice pics there

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:02 PM

nice psylene. always bringing some great shots! those are my new fave. hopefully they taste great for you!

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 12:40 AM

from what ive read on these mushrooms is that in 2006 they were put on the endangered list in the wild its a beautiful mushroom good job oh yeah where did you get the spores from

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 02:55 AM

Culture (in the form of colonised grain) generously shared by Fabio from FSP (

Pleurotus nebrodensis is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but the isolate I have is probably a commercial cultivar and thus probably has little worth to the species as a whole. Still, hopefully having domesticated strains of it will bode well for the species, but it often is not the case.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 11:44 PM

Very nice job there Psylence!
Fantastic photos. I especially liked the progression.
Very fat! Nothing at all like the strain I cultivated.


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