Pink Oyster, Salmon Oyster, Strawberry Oyster, Flamingo Mushroom
This mushroom, whose clusters resemble pink coral, is found in tropical climates worldwide. The cultivated ones shown here are courtesy of the Fat Moon Farm in Westford, Massachusetts. In nature, they tend to be less densely clustered.
Identification: The hot pink color of these mushrooms is hard to mistake, though with maturity they fade to a light beige color and dry to a clear brown color. Spore prints are similarly pink or beige, depending on age. Caps are ⅝-1¾" (1.6-5 cm) × ⅜-⅞" (1-2.5 cm), shaped like the bell of a trumpet, with parallel gills running most of the length of the stem. The actual stem (“stipe”) is very small, and the mushrooms are sometimes so tightly packed that they are distorted in shape.
Edibility: These and many other oyster mushrooms such as Pleurotus ostreatus and P. citrinopileatus are edible, safe, and rich sources of antioxidants. The mushrooms are about 21% protein and 8% fiber. They should be cooked, as cooking improves their flavor. See some interesting recipes at the Mycological Society of San Francisco; or from Wild Mushroom Recipes.
Pleurotus djamor on www.mssf.org
Pleurotus djamor on Shroomery: Magic Mushrooms Demystified
Pleurotus djamor on Wikimedia Commons (Photos)
Pleurotus djamor on the Mushroom Observer
Pleurotus djamor on EOL: the Encyclopedia of Life
Pleurotus djamor description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.