These are one of our favorite mushrooms! These Minnesota Grown Italian Oysters (also called Phoenix Oyster) have a unique taste and texture compared to their Blue Oyster counterpart. The stems of Italian Oysters are light and airy giving both the cap and stem a uniform velvety texture. With a mild flavor like the Blue Oyster, Italian Oysters have something the other doesn't, umami. Adding these to any of your favorite italian foods will greatly enhance the flavor due to its glutamic acid content.