What You Should Know About Eating Raw Oyster Mushrooms

Given that there are over 10,000 different types of mushrooms (and those are just the ones we know about), it's not surprising that there are more than a handful of spores and shrooms that we haven't heard about, let alone tried (via Mushroom Appreciation). 

Some mushrooms can be consumed raw or cooked, while others are better placed to dazzle your palate best when they are prepared just one way or the other, and oyster mushrooms are at their best when they are stir-fried or sauteed, which is how they are enjoyed in parts of North Asia (via The Spruce Eats). Having them raw would leave you with a mouthful of velvety mushroom with a mild metallic flavor, which could well be unpalatable and thus wouldn't lend itself to a pleasurable meal experience. 

On a more pragmatic note, Specialty Produce warns that eating oysters mushrooms raw could also expose up to 10 percent of the population to a potential allergic reaction. This might not just hold true for oyster mushrooms, though, because Very Well Fit also says that those with mold allergies, in general, could end up experiencing oral allergy symptoms when they consume mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms are packed with nutrients

As soon as the heat is (literally) turned up, the oyster mushroom makes its transition from dowd to diva by shedding its spongy texture to become a silky smooth princess that delivers a satisfying mouthfeel that carries a gentle firmness. The oyster mushroom can play a supporting role as part of a stir fry or can shine when they are braised alone or as part of a more complex dish. The Spruce Eats says oyster mushrooms even garner positive reviews when they are grilled or deep-fried.

Oyster mushrooms aren't just tasty, they deliver on the nutrition front too. Very Well Fit says the ingredient has just 28 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 5.2 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. And while these values are for raw oyster mushrooms, we think it's worth the extra calories that come with cooking them up.