Oyster Mushroom Bisque
Chef Seth Jumps   ~     Bogey’s at Stone Creek
Makanda, Illinois                                    (618) 351-4653
TIP: Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are wildly delicious, wood-loving mushrooms that can be found throughout Illinois from early spring until early winter. Mushroom hunters often find them at their peak during late autumn, sprouting in clusters on trees and fallen logs. Oyster Mushrooms can appear right up until bitter cold weather sets in. Different varieties of Oyster Mushrooms are easily cultivated today--but nothing beats the wild and free rewards of foraging in nature.
For mushroom lovers, the chilly weather of autumn brings on their favorite season of the year. Good mushroom hunters know the greatest diversity of wild mushrooms appears during the fall--not spring or summer. The fact is, more than 30 different edible species, including the ever-abundant Oyster Mushroom, can pop up in Illinois between September and November. For hungry foragers returning from chilly, late-autumn woods, a bowl of rich Oyster Mushroom soup or bisque satisfies everything they crave.
And this is exactly the bowl they crave.
You can learn more about this mushroom, where to find it and how to identify potential look-alikes in the new book “Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States” (2009 University of Illinois Press)http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/94awe4yz9780252076435.htmlshapeimage_5_link_0
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Oyster Mushrooms
TIP: Add a few drops of real truffle oil on top!