Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are a common mushroom that are prized world wide for their edibility and texture. Oyster Mushrooms are wide spread in temperate and subtropical forests throughout the World and has a high nutritional value due to its high level of vitamins and proteins and its non-saturated fatty acids. The Oyster mushrooms is a saprotroph that acts as a primary decomposer on wood.

The consumption of Oyster mushroom reduce cholesterol levels and has also drew world-wide attention as research showed that oyster mushrooms stop the expansion of cancer cells in breast and rectal cancers by improving immune functions.

It is contained are carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins B1, B2, plus minerals, especially iron and an antioxident and It has shown activity in the following areas: antitumor, immune response, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibiotic.

Cultivated in Asia, it is now cultivated world wide for food. It is used in Japanese and Chinese recipes and used in soups or served with soy sauce. These mushroom are growing in shelf-like fashion on wood that is a good food and promising medicinal.

They are also one of the few known carnivorous mushrooms. Its mycelia can kill and digest nematodes. This is believed to be a way to obtain nitrogen.

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