Mushrooms

King Trumpet (Pleurotus eryngii)

King Trumpets in the Growroom King Trumpets in the Growroom

Common Names - King Trumpet, King Oyster, Trumpet Royale

Distribution and natural Habitat - Found in North Africa, Central Asia and Europe, this musroom can be found on the ground growing on the buried roots of hardwoods.  

Medicinal Properties - Contains Ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant.  This mushroom also contains Statins.  Specifically Lovastatin, a compound known to reduce and control blood cholesterol levels.   

Comments & Availability - This is an Oyster mushroom that doesn't comform to the typical oyster family characteristics.  Excellent flavor and thick meaty texture make this my favorite mushroom.  As you can see from the picture fruitbodies can get very large.  This mushroom prefers the cooler temperature so availability is throughout the winter (Nov-April).    

 

Further Reading: 

Mycomedicinals by Paul Stamets

Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets

Medicinal Mushrooms by Martin Powell

Mushrooms for Health by Greg Marley