I harvested my first oyster mushrooms and, wow, were they ever pretty! Like gorgeous ruffled trumpets. It was painful to slice into them and listen to their Gillespie-style death throes.
There were only four, so my plans to make mushroom risotto or a nice mushroom soup with my Baer’s Best pearl barley would have to wait for the second flush, if there is a second flush. Instead, I made a quick bruschetta with butter, leeks, and thyme on garlic-rubbed toast. It made a tasty, toothsome lunch.
Was it me or was there a hint of coffee flavor to my mushrooms? I couldn’t tell if the knowledge that they were grown in coffee grounds was biasing me or if they really tasted like coffee. Then again, why wouldn’t they taste like coffee if that’s what they were grown in? You are what you eat. Oyster mushrooms don't have a very strong flavor on their own. Either way, I didn’t mind the coffee flavor. I also felt like I had a lot more energy than usual that afternoon. In fact, I’m pretty sure I actually cleaned one of the rooms in the house. And did three loads of laundry. Can anyone confirm this?
Also, for the record, there was no vomiting. Yay, add oyster mushrooms to the good list! I might be developing a mushroom habit, so I hope four isn’t all I’m going to get.