This mushroom has long been a favorite of mushroom hunters. Indoor cultivation is exceptionally easy as this species will grow on a very wide variety of substrates including straw, hardwood sawdust, paper by-products, soybean waste and much more. Mushroom should be picked when young, and preferably in clusters. Once the gills produce abundant spores, storability rapidly declines. Depending on substrate, light and temperature, pearl oysters will vary in coloration from white to gray and brown. Generally, more intense light will produce a darker coloration.