Pink oyster mushrooms are small to medium in size with caps averaging 2-5 centimeters in diameter and are attached to short or non-existent stems, growing in layered clusters. The thin caps are smooth, finely lined, and are intensely pink when raw, changing to an orange-brown when cooked. The edges of the cap also begin flat and curl with age. Underneath the cap, there are many soft, short, deep pink gills that connect down into a very short stem. Pink oyster mushrooms are meaty and chewy in texture, despite their thin flesh, and have a pungent, seafood-like aroma. When raw, these mushrooms have a sour taste, but when cooked, they develop a mild, woody flavor that readily takes on the flavors of accompanying ingredients.