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Olive Oysterling / Mukitake Agar Plate
Looking for the best Olive Oysterling / Mukitake Agar Plate around? Our Agar Plates are made-to-order, providing you with the absolute cleanest, aggressive mycelium on arrival.
Olive Oysterling, also commonly known as the Mukitake, is a thick-gilled mushroom with an oyster shell shape. Its velvety olive or toffee colored caps are excellent culinary mushrooms, fresh or dried. Fresh Olive Oysterling mushrooms, when sliced and sauteed, are buttery in texture, very much like Chicken of the Woods. Olive Oysterling is also widely known for its medicinal properties; use them to transform a basic vegetable soup and at the same time, help those who are at risk for metabolic syndrome when fall weather (and football watching) settles in.
Cultivation: Olive Oysterling grows on hardwood logs; especially sugar maple, beech and oak. Logs can be inoculated just as you would for Shiitake. After 18 months of incubation, or when the logs are ready to fruit or are nearing that stage, lay logs horizontally and low to the ground, as Olive Oysterling loves high humidity for fruiting. It may also be grown in the Totem Method if logs are placed in protected areas in fall for fruiting. This cool weather loving, fall bearing mushroom fruits when temperatures dip near 40° F.
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Frequently Asked Questions
An agar plate is a petri dish with solidified nutrient solution (I make mine with light malt extract, generally). The dish is sealed with parafilm to keep it sterile while the transfer colonizes the plate. The mycelial bodies grow on our agar plates in sterile incubators before being shipped to you!
Keep your agar plates ideally in the fridge, within a ziplock bag. Let them come to room temperature before opening them – it’ll prevent condensation!
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Slides from agar plates can be propagated onto other mediums very easily. The beauty of agar plates is the ability to be absolutely certain that your sample is healthy and clean!
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All of my agar plates are made-to-order. This ensures that you have nothing but the freshest, most voracious mycelium when it gets to your doorstep.
Please check for your individual species on this page to see colonization times.
If you’re interested in ordering agar plates and other items like liquid culture, or mushroom spores, you can have your order shipped in two by adding this item!
Please note that once started, Agar Plates are non-refundable or returnable.
For each agar plate in your order, you’ll receive a healthy, colonized agar plate, and an additional piece of parafilm in case you need to reseal it.