Super Food: Mushrooms

Fungi…. sounds appetizing, doesn’t it? Truth be told, they are! Mushrooms add a unique earthy flavour to a variety of dishes, are good on their own, and best of all, are exceptionally good for you!

(Are you are trained in the art of fungi identification? Didn’t think so! Please don’t eat wild mushrooms as they may be poisonous)

Why are they healthy?

These special little fungi are low in calories and fat, high in protein and fibre, and have no sodium or cholesterol.  They are mostly water, about 90%, and are jam packed with beneficial vitamins (B-Vitamins, folate, Vitamin D), and minerals(iron, zinc, selenium, potassium, calcium).  They contain beta glucans and selenium that help boost the immune system, as well as antioxidants that help fight certain cancers.

Get this; they are the ONLY vegetable that naturally produces Vitamin D. How? The same way we produce our own Vitamin D, with sunshine! Edmonton’s latitude makes it hard for humans to produce Vitamin D between the months of October to March/April; mushrooms however, do not have this problem, Canadian farmers grow them indoors 365 days/year.

Basically, mushrooms are awesome.

 

Including Mushrooms in your diet:

Rinse, or wipe with a damp cloth and pat to dry.

Prepare: raw, cooked, sautéed, grilled, or baked.

Serve: soups, casseroles, sandwiches, sauces, sides, appetizers, entrées, and salads.

mushroom salad

Our recipe of the month is a Green Salad with Mushrooms (you can subscribe here if you aren’t already receiving our newsletter)

 

Did you know that…

– Canadian farms produce 7 varieties of mushrooms? White “Button”, Cremini “Brown”, Portabella (Portabellini), Shiitake, Oyster and Enoki, and King Oyster mushrooms are all produced in Canada year round!

– the Cremini mushroom is a teenage version of the Portabella mushroom? Allow a Cremini mushroom to continue growing and voila, a Portabella!

 

March 14, 2013
Revive Wellness