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OUR HISTORY

A passion and fascination about mushrooms led us down the path of research and wanting to do something different than the normal button mushrooms or easily accessible mushrooms, stumbling upon the wonderful Oyster Mushroom.

This product is widely known and used internationally, but very limited in Gauteng and not known to the everyday public.  After extensive courses and training we started with a small setup greenhouse.  An initial hobby and passion quickly turned into a fulltime business as ourselves and the customers were quickly educated about the wonderful product.

Apart from the fresh oyster mushrooms, our imagination went wild, and soon a whole list of by-products saw the light, such as salt, chips, soup powder, chutney, pickles and tapenade, with a few other products to follow soon.

We strive to live healthy and as natural as possible, therefore all of our products are natural and vegan/vegetarian friendly.

Berg Oyster Mushrooms at Daar is Hoop Fees Meyerton

Membership

SOFA

We are a proud member of SOFA, the South Organic Farmers Association, which support the natural and organic products, and received our Organic PGS Endorsement on the 4th of December 2019.

Organic PGS Endorsed Certificate

What is PGS Certification?  Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), as defined by IFOAM, are “locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange.” They represent an alternative to third party certification] especially adapted to local markets and short supply chains. They can also complement third party certification with a private label that brings additional guarantees and transparency. PGS enable the direct participation of producers, consumers and other stakeholders in:

* the choice and definition of the standards

* the development and implementation of certification procedures

* the certification decisions

Participatory Guarantee Systems are also referred to as “participatory certification”.

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the organic movement remain a leader in the concept of PGS at the international level. IFOAM is running a program to recognize PGS in the organic sector. PGS is a tool that can be adopted not only for organic agriculture but is useful in various sectors.

About

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms

are a type of edible fungi.

They are one of the most widely consumed mushrooms in the world. They get their name from their oyster-shaped cap and very short (or completely absent) stem. They’re also similar to the colour of raw oysters. Oyster mushrooms are typically a light grey or greyish-brown colour, but are also cultivated in several other colours such as yellow, pink and blue.

They are called oyster mushrooms as many believe that the name is fitting due to a flavour resemblance to oysters. The name oyster mushroom is also applied to other Pleurotus species, so P. ostreatus is sometimes referred to as the tree oyster mushroom or the grey oyster mushroom to differentiate it from other species in the genus.

If you wonder what do oyster mushrooms taste like, they have a very subtle seafood-like and/or anise flavour is common in oyster mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms also take on a velvety texture when cooked, turning from a slightly spongy mouthfeel to something wonderfully luscious, especially when cooked with a bit of liquid in the pan.

Oyster Mushrooms on wood plank
Berg Oyster Mushrooms Fresh Oyster Mushrooms
Berg Oyster Mushrooms Pink Oyster Mushrooms
Berg Oyster Mushrooms Fresh Oyster Mushrooms

Benefits

What are the benefits of oyster mushrooms?

High in nutrients. Oyster mushrooms contain significant levels of fiber, zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamins B-1 and B-2, riboflavin, magnesium, selenium, pantothenic acid phosphorus and copper.

  • Oyster mushrooms are an ideal protein replacement
  • Boost brain health
  • Packed with anti-oxidants
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Low in calories
  • Lowers Blood Sugar
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Gluten free
  • Cholesterol free
  • Fat free
  • Low in sodium

Oyster mushrooms stimulate the immune system through long-chain sugar molecules called polysaccharides, these molecules are also suspected to help fight cancer.

Frequently asked Questions

Regarding Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked. In salads or any dish of your choice. When cooked or fried it brings out the delicate flavor and velvety texture.

How long do oyster mushrooms last? Oyster mushrooms don’t have to be used immediately. They’ll stay fresh for 7-10 days if you keep them refrigerated in an aerated punnet

Yes, you can u freeze oyster mushrooms. Freezing your mushrooms will allow them to keep their great flavour, but freezing leaves you with a soggier looking mushroom. Frozen mushrooms are ideal for soups, stews and casseroles.

Berg Oyster Mushrooms Simple Cooking

How to prepare oyster mushrooms

A simple way to serve Oyster mushrooms is:

Cut the oyster mushrooms, heat the oil in a pan and add the oyster mushrooms, season (salt, pepper, garlic) and sauté the oyster mushrooms for 6 minutes, taste and serve the simple sautéed mushrooms.

Did you know

that oyster mushrooms are good for weight loss?

Providing protein and fiber, mushrooms have also been found to be beneficial for weight loss. Mushrooms have unusually high levels of the essential vitamin D. One of the key health benefits that separate mushrooms from most other produce is that they can help to increase vitamin D levels.

Berg Oyster Mushrooms