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Golden oyster mushroom (Pleurotus cornucopiae var. citrinopileatus)

The golden oyster mushroom is a relative of the oyster mushroom but it is not native to Germany. It is just as easy to grow as the oyster mushroom, but needs more warmth to produce fruiting bodies on logs in the garden. The mushrooms typically appear on the logs several times a year, roughly from May to September.


It is easy to grow throughout the year inside the house on straw pellets in flower pots. You can also grow it on straw bales using our grain spawn.

The name of the mushroom comes from its bright yellow colour. The intensity of the colour is also a sign for the degree of freshness: If the fruiting bodies are fresh and have not been allowed to grow too long, then the colour is more intensive than with older examples.



Profile of the golden oyster mushroom

Taste and preparation

In contrast to the oyster mushrooms, the golden oyster mushroom has a fairly strong taste of its own. It's probably best not to try and influence the taste by mixing it with too many other spices.

If the mushroom is heated, the colour changes towards light brown or brown.

This mushroom is often use uncooked to decorate a meal. However, we recommend cooking because then it is easier to digest.

Production and marketing:

This mushroom is normally grown on substrate blocks in mushroom farms in Germany and neighbouring countries (especially the Netherlands and Poland).

In the marketplace, you often find it expensively packed in small quantities rather than selling unpacked.

Growing in the garden:

Easy to grow on logs and straw bales or straw pallets. Fruiting bodies normally appear from early Summer to early Autumn (i.e. during the warmer season).

Our products:
Plugs and grain spawn for golden oyster mushrooms


© Nicola Krämer. Mushroom spawn and growing advice since 1999