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Oyster Mushrooms: Oyster mushrooms are a family of fungus that grow wild throughout North America and much of the world. Oyster mushrooms are a familiar site in the woods, they grow in clumps on tree trunks and stumps and are easy to spot. They have a unique fruity and liquorice-like aroma, and their shape and gills likely gave rise to the oyster name. There's no need to put on your hiking boots, oyster mushrooms have happily adapted to cultivation and are grown commercially for consumers. Fresh oyster mushrooms are available in many markets in a wide variety of colors and sizes, but must be used quickly. Dried varieties are available in many markets too and are a perfectly acceptable substitute for fresh. Dried oyster mushrooms don't require reconstitution, they can be added directly to a dish. In fact, it's preferred that they are added toward the end of recipes with long cooking times as they need little cooking time themselves. Popular in Asian quisine, Japan and Central Europe, battered and fried, or in soups and side dishes, oyster mushrooms compliment any dish where mushrooms might be used.
Oyster mushrooms contain many statins which help reduce cholesterol and fight heart disease. They also may play an important role in helping save the planet. Oyster mushrooms have been used in mycoremediation research. Mycoremediation is the process of using mushrooms to return polluted soil to a less contaminated state. Mushrooms produce enzymes and acids that break down organic compounds, like oils and certain toxins, poisons, and pesticides. Oyster mushrooms have been used in tests to break down almost all of the hydrocarbons in diesel contaminated soil samples. Wood fungi in general have been shown to be very effective in breaking down petroleum based contaminants in soil samples.
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