The nutritional benefit of mushrooms is remarkable. For centuries, mushrooms have been legendary for their nutritional value. But it’s only been recently that mushrooms have been studied and their true power revealed.
Mushrooms are great sources of energy boosting B vitamins, D vitamins, Potassium, Choline, Copper, Selenium, Ergothioneine, antioxidants, and fiber. These nutrients are known to contribute to things like fighting depression, boosting immunity, maintaining muscle mass, heart health, collagen productions, reducing inflammation, improving brain and cognitive health, reducing stress and anxiety, and even fighting fatigue.
Get all the benefit of the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D, without baking in the sun! Vitamin D facilitates the immune system, keeping teeth and bones strong, helps with weight loss, fights depression and improves the absorption of calcium. Mushrooms are a natural source of this vitamin.
Boosts Your Immune System
Antivirals and proteins released by mushrooms are beneficial in protecting and healing the body’s tissues. They can boost the body defense against microbes.
Helps Weight Loss
Because they are low in calories and speeds up your metabolism mushrooms are great for weight loss. B vitamins present in mushrooms help in turning carbohydrates into fuel and burning more energy. They help metabolize proteins and fats in your body and are loaded with vitamin B3 and vitamin B2.
Protect Your Bladder Health
High in selenium, mushrooms can reduce the risk of bladder cancer.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Mushrooms are loaded with fiber and enzymes that balance cholesterol levels in your body. They can help your body prevent heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
Boost Your Iron Intake
Iron deficiency in your blood can lead to anemia that has some symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and digestive problems. Mushrooms are an iron-rich food that can help perk you up. Iron promotes the formation of red blood cells and protecting overall health. Source
Aid In The Prevention And Manage Diabetes
Mushrooms can help to manage diabetes because it has low carbohydrates, no fat, and no cholesterol. They contain soluble and soluble fiber which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. They also contain antibiotic properties that can help keep diabetes at bay. Source
May Prevent Prostate Cancer and Breast Cancer
Mushrooms contain the anti-carcinogenic properties Linoleic Acid and Beta-Glucans. Linoleic acid can help balance the estrogen levels in your body. After menopause, estrogen may increase, which doubles the risk of breast cancer in women. Mushroom’s Beta-Glucans can help stop the growth of cancerous cells of prostate and breast cancer. Mushrooms are also high in tumor fighting Selenium. Source
Strengthen Your Bones
Mushrooms are full of calcium, an important nutrient for the strength and formation of bones. Low calcium deficiency can cause joint pain, lack of mobility and osteoporosis. Source
Fight against Free Radicals
Considered an excellent source of antioxidants, regular consumption of mushrooms can help your body fight against damage from free radicals. Free radicals may result in aging, heart disease and some types of cancer. Source
Mushrooms are a prebiotic, which means they nourish the good bacteria in your gut. They also balance the microbiome’s beneficial bacteria, such as Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. Source
Reishi mushrooms, have been called ‘nature’s Xanax’ due to their ability to help us manage stress and aid in treating insomnia. Reishi mushrooms are usually brewed in coffee, tea, or tonics. Source
Focus and Brain Health
Lion’s mane mushrooms have powerful neuro-protective properties. They have been found to be effective in improving mild cognitive impairment, increased daily focus, and improving your long term nerve and brain health. Source
Umami is the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. Umami (pronounced oo-MAH-mee) is a savory, rich or meaty taste sensation. Umami indicates a high level of glutamate, an amino acid and building block of protein. For food lovers, it balances savory flavors and full-bodied taste with distinctive qualities of aroma and mouth feel. Mushrooms provide a burst of rich, savory flavor is Umami.
Umami enhances appetite appeal and satiety. Also, using ingredients with Umami allows chefs to use less salt. Umami counterbalances saltiness without compromising flavor. Umami also highlights sweetness and lessens bitterness.
South Mill Champs mushrooms high in Umami taste include: Shiitake, Portobello, Crimini, and Button or White.
So we don’t have any that begin with the letter A or the letter Z, but here’s a list of some of the most popular mushrooms for use in your kitchen.
White Button Mushroom
Also called button or champignon mushrooms, button mushrooms are the most common and mildest-tasting mushroom and perhaps the most popular. 90% of the mushrooms consumed in North America are of this variety. They can be eaten either raw or cooked, and work well in soups and salads, and on pizzas.
A crimini is a baby portabella. Although the crimini is darker, and more flavorful than its cousin the white button mushroom, the two can be used interchangeably. Sometimes these are called “baby bellas.”
Portabellas lend depth to sauces and pastas and make a great meat substitute. Mushrooms of this variety can be as wide as the palm of your hand, and their meaty texture stands up to grilling and stuffing.
Fresh shiitakes have a light woodsy flavor and aroma, while their dried counterparts are more intense. In Japanese, shiitake means “oak fungus,” which describes where the mushrooms can be found in the wild.
This mushroom can look like a head of cabbage. They have an earthy aroma and a gamy flavor, and is native to both the northwestern United States and Japan.
They’re whitish in color and fanshaped, and possess a delicate odor and flavor. Oyster mushrooms are found in many Japanese and Chinese dishes such as soups and stir-fry recipes.
These mushrooms feature small, shiny white caps attached to thin stems and possess a distinctive crunch. They’re good even raw.
When cooked, these brown-capped clusters are crunchy with a sweet nuttiness. Raw, they taste bitter.
King Trumpet Mushroom
The stem on this large mushroom is thick and meaty.
Black Trumpet Mushroom
Black trumpets have a rich, smoky flavor and notes of a black truffle mushroom when dried.
Golden-hued, fleshy and firm, they’re described as having an apricot-like scent. They’re common in many European cuisines.
Crunchy, nutty, and meaty, this mushroom tastes very similar to a chanterelle.
A fleeting springtime treat in the Midwest and West. You can’t mistake its conical, spongy look and woodsy flavor.
A: Neither. Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature they are classified as their own kingdom, separate from plants or animals. While sometimes placed in the vegetable category, mushrooms are not a vegetable.
Q: Where are mushrooms grown in the U.S.?
A: Mushrooms are grown in almost every state, however, Pennsylvania, home of South Mill Champs, accounts for approximately 60 percent of total U.S. mushroom production.
Q: What types of mushrooms are grown in the U.S. and Canada?
A: The most popular mushroom variety grown in the U.S. is white button, followed by crimini (brown or baby bellas), portobella, shiitake, oyster, enoki, and maitake.
Q: What is a mycologist
A: You guessed it. A mycologist is one who studies mycology. Mycology is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy, and their use to humans as a source for tinder, medicine, food, and entheogens, as well as their dangers, such as toxicity or infection.
Q: When are mushrooms grown?
A: Because our mushrooms are grown indoors, they are harvested year-round.
Q: Should I wash my mushrooms?
A: According to the FDA, you should “wash all produce thoroughly under running water before preparing and/or eating, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers’ market.” So, yes, it is recommended that after rising in cool water mushrooms are gently dried with a paper towel.
Q: Do mushrooms contain vitamin D?
A: Yes, all mushrooms contain vitamin D.
Q: What are mushrooms’ health benefits?
A: Mushrooms are fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense, low in sodium, natural antioxidant super foods.
Q: What’s the best way to store mushrooms?
A: Storing them in their original packaging or in a brown paper bag keeps them fresh.