The Black Pearl Oyster, or the Black Pearl King Oyster is an oyster variety mushroom hybrid originating in Japan, the result of a cross between a European and Asian Pleurotus ostreatus. As the Black Pearl King grows it first resembles a King Oyster and then matures into a Pearl Oyster appearance.
First utilized during World War I for subsistence and now grown commercially throughout the world for food, Black Pearl King can also be used for mycoremediation, which is an industrial technique using fungi to clean the environment.
Black Pearl Kings are much less finicky than King Oysters and are an excellent choice for indoor growth, due to their fast colonizing ability. Order some of our fresh Black Pearl Kings, or one of our grow kits, and you will soon have some delicious, dense, and meaty mushrooms!
This hybrid mushroom species possesses many nutritional and medicinal health benefits. For example, these mushrooms have a specific number of nutrients, including iron, calcium, potassium, selenium, and vitamins such as C, D, B1, B3, B5, and B12.
Black Pearl Kings also contain polysaccharides: a compound which has anti-tumor abilities, as well as statins, which lower the levels of cholesterol.
Black Pearl King mushrooms are very dense and "meaty," which translates to an excellent ingredient for chili and soups. Some have described the aroma as "bittersweet" and reminiscent of almonds. Foodies love the unique flavor and peppery aftertaste. Black Pearl Kings also compliment pasta very well. The culinary possibilities are practically endless with this species. In addition to serving as a main ingredient in many dishes, Black Pearl Kings can also be used as a topping. Savory, rich, meaty, and crispy when sautéed, this new variety of mushroom is a great topper of soups and salads, or as a crispy accompaniment to any meal.
Black Pearl King mushrooms resemble their brother, King Oyster, with small caps and thick stems. The stem is softer than a King Oyster, and the flavor richer, with many chefs praising the fantastic taste, texture and quality of this crossbreed.
Although these mushrooms are just beginning to be discovered locally, rest assured we here at Misfit Mushrooms have you covered! Order some Black Pearl Kings and send us some Feedback with your results, we guarantee you'll fall in love with the "pearl next door!"
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