Feral Blue Oysters – A Selby surprise

Walking my dog the other morning we came upon a surprise – a massive bunch of Blue Oysters (possibly Pleurotus ostreatus var. columbinus) growing off mulch pushed behind a treated pine retaining wall.

Clearly someone in the area has at some stage been growing these and they have gone feral. This was right near Sherbrooke Forest, Selby. They looked amazing and smelled much more aniseedy than I have noticed with homegrown oysters.

Clones were taken and our feral oyster will most likely be an exciting new addition to our culture library.

Another surprise was a big flush of one of our favourite Agaricus species – something near the Australian version of Agaricus silvaticus. Appearing under Pinus radiata and staining strongly red on cutting or damage:

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