Oyster mushroom soup

by | Jan 5, 2024 | Soups

Oyster mushrooms (laskagomba in Hungarian), scientifically known as Pleurotus ostreatus, are a popular and versatile fungus belonging to the Pleurotaceae family. These mushrooms are named for their oyster-shaped caps and are widely distributed in both natural and cultivated environments.

In nature, oyster mushrooms can be found growing on decaying wood, particularly hardwood trees. They have a unique appearance with broad, fan-shaped caps that range in color from white to shades of pink, yellow, or brown. Cultivated oyster mushrooms are also common and are grown on a variety of substrates, including straw and agricultural by-products.

Apart from their culinary appeal, oyster mushrooms boast numerous health benefits. They are a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Oyster mushrooms are particularly known for their immune-boosting properties due to the presence of beta-glucans, compounds that stimulate the immune system.

Additionally, they contain antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress in the body. These mushrooms are low in calories and fat, making them a nutritious addition to a balanced diet. Some studies suggest that oyster mushrooms may also have potential antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, contributing to overall health and well-being.

Oyster mushroom soup
Oyster mushroom soup – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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