All about mushrooms

I LOVE mushrooms and so do my family. But I do know people who don't like them and I find this very strange!!

Life without mushrooms sounds rather dull to me.

As you know, I love facts and figures so I couldn't go past some information on the humble mushroom (source): 

* A 100g serving of mushrooms contains more dietary fibre (2.5g) than 100g of celery (1.8g) or a slice of whole-wheat bread (2.0g).

* Mushrooms contain more protein than most vegetables.They are excellent for vegetarians and vegans (which is why I buy them for my son).

* Mushrooms are low in kilojoules: 100g of raw mushrooms contains just 100 kilojoules.

* Ancient Egyptians believed that mushrooms grew by magic, because of the way they could appear overnight.

* Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

Amazing fungi!
* Mushrooms are a great source of B-vitamins: it contains Thiamin (which controls the release of energy from carbohydrate, needed for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system); Ribofloxin (which helps to maintain healthy red blood cells and promotes good vision and healthy skin); Niacin (which helps to control the release of energy from protein, fat and carbohydrate in order to keep the body’s digestive and nervous systems in good shape); Pantothenic Acid (which plays a number of essential metabolic roles in the human body, including providing assistance with the production of hormones);  Biotin (essential in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates); and Folate (which is essential for the formation of red and white blood cells in bone marrow, and the healthy growth and development).  Folate (also known as Folic Acid) is particularly important for pregnant women. Wow—this is why I eat them, and they taste great too!!

* Although vitamins are also found in many vegetables, they are lost when cooked in boiling water: as mushrooms are rarely prepared with boiling water, they retain their valuable vitamin content when cooked.

* Mushrooms contain virtually no salt.

* Mushrooms contain more potassium than most other fruit and vegetables: one medium brown mushroom contains more potassium than banana. Which is excellent as I hate bananas.

* Mushrooms are one of the richest, natural sources of selenium, an essential mineral which strengthens the immune system and may help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

* Mushrooms are a good source of zinc, another essential mineral which helps boost your immune system, as well as your libido.

* The stem of a mushroom is a good source of flavour and nutrients so there is no need to remove it. On the occasions that you do need to remove the stem, chop it and add to stuffings, casseroles, soups and sauces.

* Mushrooms are best stored unwashed in brown paper bags in the refrigerator, preferably on the lowest shelf. Alternatively use a cloth bag or clean tea towel to wrap them.

* Be careful of wild mushrooms as many of them are poisonous and could be life-threatening. Rather buy your mushrooms from a reputable grower or grocer than hunting them yourself.

Mushrooms can be fried, eaten raw, stuffed, roasted, added to soups, casseroles, meatloaf, sauces, burgers . . . and the list goes on. They are a must in my kitchen and if I run out, I buy more. I use them all the time.

What is your favourite mushroom recipe?



  1. They are not my favourite, but Rossie uses them in cooking, so I eat them =) Good to know they are SO healthy! =)

    1. We go through heaps of mushrooms adding them to many dishes. Youngest son particularly likes them. Very heathy :))))

  2. Visiting you from Art of Homemaking... and as I love mushrooms, this was a great article to learn even more about them! I often just add them to everything I cook for flavor. I also like to make my own cream of mushroom soup. Happy to have visited with you today :) Have a great day!

    1. Its fascinating what one finds out when doing a little research!! I love mushrooms, fortunately all my family does as we add them to almost every thing!

  3. I love your trivia posts!!!! Now, I do not love mushrooms - and they do not love me (I'm sensitive to them/intolerant of them)... Both the texture and the taste of them does not agree with me, either. In fact, my whole family are not fans of mushrooms, so we never bother buying them. But the information here was very interesting! :)

    1. LOVE mushrooms!! and so do all my family which is good as youngest son (being vegan) eats lots of mushrooms as they often have a meaty taste and full of goodness for someone not eating meat. I often cut them up small and put them in casseroles etc.. I wonder if your children would eat them if they were in stews and casseroles or they are now put off them because you don't like them. I HATE (yep, really do!!) bananas but I gave to my children when they were small and made them banana cake - they eat them, but not heaps and they do like the taste. They aren't wild about them, but sometimes eat them on pancakes.


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