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On a hike through the woods this afternoon, I found a small patch of oysters growing on some dead logs. I chose one prize specimen, brought it home with me, and just a few minutes ago I cooked it up and ate it!
I took a spore print of the mushroom before consuming it just to make sure I had the right kind, and it turned out white just like the book said it would! Having been vegetarian for over 2 years now, it was the closest I have come to eating any sort of seafood in a long time!
To prepare the mushroom, I simply washed it thoroughly, shook out the extra water, sliced it into about five bite-size pieces, and sauteed it with some butter and herbs. I let it cook for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side, uncovered. It was a bit chewy, but very delicious.
I definitely see why they call it the Oyster Mushroom!