The genus, Pleurotus provides a number of species used not only for food but also for its therapeutic properties. Pleurotus citrinopileatus for example is grown in many far eastern countries as a type of oyster mushroom.
The mushroom produces important polysaccharides (Wang et al., 2005). Extracts have potent antioxidant properties (Lee et al., 2007).
Medicinal value: anticancer, immune improving, antioxidative, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic benefits (Hu et al., 2006a).
It is closely related to the mushroom Pleurotus eryngi.
Hu, S.H., Liang, Z.C., Chia, Y.C., Lien, J.L., Chen, K.S., Lee, M.Y., Wang, J.C. (2006a) Antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant effects of extracts from Pleurotus citrinopileatus. J. Agric. Food Chem. 54 pp. 2013–110
Lee, Y.L., Huang, G.W., Liang, Z.C., Mau, J.L. (2007) Antioxidant properties of three extract from Pleurotus citrinopileatus. LWT- Food Sci. Technol. 40 pp. 823–33.
Wang, J.C., Hu, S.H., Liang, Z.C., Yeh, C.J. (2005) Optimization for the production of water-soluble polysaccharide from Pleurotus citrinopileatus in submerged culture and its antitumor effect. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 67 pp. 759–66.