If you’ve heard about something like mushrooms and you’re way more curious about what they are? and what do they taste like ? And many more things about it . Then you’re at the perfect place. I’m here with some very interesting and exciting facts about mushrooms.
Mushrooms are neither veggies nor a fruit. They can grow anywhere their needs can be met. Their production process is very fascinating. Mushrooms grow from spores. The most important thing to understand about mushrooms is that they are simply the above ground fruiting body of fungi that live in the soil. Prolonged periods of hot , humid and wet weather cause fungi to send up fruiting structures. Most of the time rather than soil , these spores rely on substances like sawdust, grain, straw, or wood chips for nourishment. Mushrooms are one of the most underrated superfoods. They can be combined with any of the vegetables. I think our food classifications must have a third category naming fungi.
Mushrooms only grow when environmental conditions are right. It can grow even in your garden/backyard.
Initially I literally had no clue and throughout my childhood I kept refusing to taste them. One day my dad pranked me on mistakenly having to try it. And guess what ! They were just amazing even above amazing. They taste earthy , spongy, so soft and pleasant. I was pleased to ask them what the hell he kept inside my mouth. Unlike early years when I used to think it’s a mixture of disgusted fungi and smelly dirt, now I’m mouth watered just with its name. It’s full of umami and glutamate taste. Inspite of being grown in such gross surroundings, they tastes so good.
Many people take mushrooms as a substitute for meat. Yeah , you can probably say that, it’s meat especially designed for vegetarians ( much more healthy and light than meat and pork) . On a chemical level, a mushroom is closer to an animal than a plant. It uses similar chemical processes to animals and they consume food rather than photosynthesis.
You must be very shocked but there are 1020 species of mushroom that can be eaten. They improve human health and promote quality life.
Some of the species include……
Shiitake mushrooms are most commonly cultivated and consumed in East Asian countries . It is considered a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicines. Also there are so many recipes available on Google about how to make shiitake mushrooms. It can be made in so many different ways and everytime in a new taste and I have to say this! It’s one of my favourite mushrooms.
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Oyster mushrooms are also known as hiratake in Japanese. It is grown commercially around the world for food. In addition to being highly nutritious, they may promote heart and immune system health. It is also one of the most widely eaten species around.
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Cremini mushrooms are slightly more expensive but worth it. Trust me you should try it once you won’t regret it, I swear. I have been buying a lot of Cremini mushrooms lately.
- Do you know that the most commonly used variety of mushrooms are all the same! Its name is agaricus bisporus according to Wikipedia, and it includes
Portobello , Cremini and white button mushrooms. Major difference between these varieties is that they vary in their ages.
- Portobello is the most mature among these mushrooms. It’s just an outgrown ( overgrown ) white button mushroom. The white button mushrooms , those very familiar kitchen staples are simply the youngest as you all must have predicted with my last sentence.
Cremini mushroom is just a moderately grown version of white mushrooms. We enjoy their slightly mature state a lot. That’s why they are sometimes sold as "baby bella".
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When you go to a market to buy mushrooms, you need to identify if they are fresh and smell good ! The surfaces of the mushroom should be dry but not dried out , and appear plump. If you shop for sliced mushrooms make sure you’ll use them within a day. But if you bought them as a whole they’ll keep for about seven days in a fridge. Before using, wash your mushrooms, plunge them into water and you can see the dirt already coming out.
The best place to buy fresh wild mushrooms are locals such as at a farmer’s market or specialty grocers. You can also freeze mushrooms raw if you want.
Place the whole unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag and fold the top of the bag over. Then stick the bag in the main compartment of your refrigerator. This works because the bag absorbs excess moisture of mushrooms.
Yes, you heard it right, you can grow mushrooms at home now. Nowadays science has taken numerous advancements , one of them is the "mushroom growing kit". These kits are easily usable and affordable. Keep moisture level right especially if growing indoors. It’s especially difficult for beginners to get started growing their own mushroom harvest.
Also mushrooms grown in such a way are very organic and healthy. You should try it out at least once.
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White truffles are considered the world’s rarest and most expensive mushrooms. They look blackish from outside but are white from inside. Can you imagine a fungi that can cost big bucks?
The reason truffles are expensive is because they are so scarce. You must have noticed that whenever you go for an expensive dish , mushrooms must be included in it.
Truffles grow just beneath the ground on farms in Tasmania, in the deserts of the Middle East, on orchards in Oregon, in the forests of Slovenia and plenty of places in between. White truffles will last for about five days. "They don’t age like wine" Use them as soon as you can. They begin to lose their aroma as soon as you take them from the ground. In my opinion you should not peel truffles. I mean it’s so expensive to eat every bit of it.
Mushrooms are a very interesting and fascinating edible thing on the planet.
- Magic mushrooms can actually boost communications within the brain.
When you take mushrooms with psilocybin, your brain stops communicating normally and communication starts occurring between brain regions that normally don’t talk together.
- There is a mushroom that gives women instant orgasm.
There is a mushroom in Hawaii, that when smelled, causes instant oragsm in women. More than half of the female test subjects experienced a simultaneous orgasm. There are significant sexual arousal characteristics present in the fetid odor of this unique mushroom. These results suggest that the hormone like compounds present in the volatile portion of the spore mass may have some similarity to human neurotransmitters during sexual encounters.
Men in the study just said it smelled awful.
- There are more than 75 species that glow in the dark.
More and more species of mushroom are being discovered that glow in the dark. In current scenario there are nearly more than 75 species that are bioluminescent.
- Mushrooms can become very large .
The gaint Armillaria bulbosa is an underground fungus that is in stiff competition with coral reefs as the large living organisms. One was found in a Michigan forest that weighs as much as a blue whale. It was spawned by a single spore more than 1500 years ago.
- Mushrooms are an extremely underrated superfood. Infact they are the only food in the produce section that contains vitamin D. Nearly all species of edible mushrooms contains vitamin D because they are exposed to sunlight
- Have less calories than a rice cake.
Not only in terms of nutrients, mushrooms are highly beneficial if you’re looking for a low fat diet. They are a great source of vitamin B ( a metabolic booster) . Also they’re about 80-90% water which adds a cherry on the top. This makes them a near perfect diet food.
- There is a mushrooms that tastes nearly identical to fried chicken.
Mushrooms are even referred to as chicken of woods. It sort of look like a tasty peice of fried buffalo chicken.