Mushrooms are a fruiting body of a fungus that do not require light like regular plants and are also referred to as toadstools. They are taking the world by storm not only for their culinary flavors but also for their potential medicinal properties and powerful benefits to our ecosystem. The mushroom is a very nutritious… Read More »
Mushrooms are a fruiting body of a fungus that do not require light like regular plants and are also referred to as toadstools. They are taking the world by storm not only for their culinary flavors but also for their potential medicinal properties and powerful benefits to our ecosystem.
The mushroom is a very nutritious food even though it comprises approximately 90% of water. Mushrooms are nutrient powerhouses containing amino acids, B & D vitamins, antioxidants, essential minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium & potassium, are high in fiber and are low in fat, carbohydrates and salt. Some scientific research suggests that mushrooms can be useful for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory purposes and may also help to reduce blood pressure, enhance the immune system and provide other potential medicinal treatments still in discovery.
Besides being nutritious and delicious, mushrooms may also be the earth’s most useful decomposer as they have been found to break down chemicals in soil, remove heavy metals in water and cycle nutrients back into the soil.
Mushrooms are well known around the world as a specialty food for their delicate texture & flavor, their enormous variety, as well as for their early evolution which has allowed them to reach so many cultures. It has been said that there may be approximately 14,000 varieties of mushrooms, the earliest possibility dating back to the mid-Cretaceous period and that each variety of mushroom has its own unique shape, flavor and texture and properties.The most common varieties of mushrooms can be categorized into 20 types, see how many have you enjoyed of the following; button, cremini, portababella, maitake, shitake, enoki, oyster, chanterelle, porcini, hedgehog, chicken of the woods, black trumpet, wood blewit, morel, shemeji, reishi, lion’s mane, matsutake, truffles and giant puff balls.
The mushroom cap & stem is used in many cuisines throughout our globe and it is often referred to as the “meat” of the vegetable world. Mushrooms grow easily, can be eaten raw or cooked and can be found in a variety of the world’s most famous recipes including; , sauces, soups, appetizers and main dishes. With their diversity for accommodating many cuisines, their biodiversity and sustainability for the planet and for their amazing medicinal contributions, you can see why we can’t cap our excitement for the ever amazing mushroom.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the mushroom and are inspired to try this curated recipe at home.
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