The nutritional content of mushrooms
Low in calories, carbohydrates, and fats, and packed with antioxidants, mushrooms make a tasty addition to just about any meal. Moreover, they’re a great source of protein, fibre, essential vitamins and minerals. Interestingly, they’re the only fruit or vegetable that contain Vitamin D, so you can step back into the shade, and out of the sun, knowing that your body is receiving some of this important vitamin through your meals.
Fast facts about mushrooms
Mushrooms are often ignored by the picky eaters amongst us. If you’re battling a picky eater at home, dazzle them with a little mushroom-related trivia, including:
- Mushrooms are a fungus, and grow like plants, but are actually considered a vegetable.
- There are more than 10,000 different species of mushrooms across the planet, with many of them as yet undiscovered. And, and although most of them are not edible, we’ve only studied approximately 10% of them for our own purposes. They’re the fungi that keep on thriving!
- Mushrooms are an important part of the Amazon rainforest’s delicate ecosystem, supporting the water and rain cycle in this special part of the world.
- Mushrooms are mostly made up of water, so they’re actually quite similar to cucumbers in terms of their water content.
- A single portobello mushroom contains more potassium than the humble and healthy banana.
- Some species of mushroom glow in the dark!
Types of mushrooms
With such a wide variety of mushrooms available, it’s really quite easy to integrate them into your meals and family-favourite dishes. But, if you’re exploring the outdoors and come across mushrooms growing in the wild, don’t pick and eat them. Some species of mushrooms can be life-threatening to humans, but the ones you pick up from the supermarket or farmer’s market are safe to consume.
Marvellous mushroom meals
Mushrooms can be enjoyed in many ways: fried, grilled, crumbed, raw, sliced, and even in a pie! Here are our top three mushroom menu options:
- Chicken and mushroom pie: this hearty family favourite dish is a must for your monthly menu! We love this version from BBC Food.
- Mushroom burger: get rid of the bun, and bang your patty onto a portobello mushroom instead! Check out this grilled and great twist on the traditional burger.
- Swirled into pasta or served as a sauce, this recipe for sauteed mushrooms makes us salivate!
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