It’s perfect for our vegan followers who are looking for a hearty salad that requires minimum effort. It’s also a pretty great option for all of our carnivorous friends who might like to add some fresh seafood or chicken to it.
Playing around with all of the different mushroom varieties got us thinking about how little we know about one of our favourite veggies, so we did a little digging (or foraging) for a bit more info about the humble mushroom, and me-oh-my did we find some crazy, wtf things!
1. They are a great source of vitamin D.
Mushrooms exposed to sunlight naturally generate vitamin D, which enhances calcium and bone strength. After just 1-2 seconds of exposure to UV light mushrooms generate your daily needs of Vitamin D. AND mushrooms are the only vegan non-fortified dietary source of Vitamin D.
2. Ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms were the plant of immortality.
3. A single portabello mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
Portobello mushrooms are rich in minerals. Each 1-cup serving provides 15 percent of the DV for potassium.
4. Mushiness are the new flashlight!
There are over 30 species of mushroom that actually glow in the dark.
5. Mushrooms are not a vegetable.
Because they don’t contain leaves, roots or seeds, mushrooms are classified as a fungi, which is uniquely different from plants.
6. In fact, on a cellular level, mushrooms are more similar to humans than plants. WTF?
7. The delicate plates under the the cap of a mushroom are called gills.
8. They are flying reindeers’s favourite!
The myth of flying reindeers (don’t tell the kids) came from the fact that reindeers enjoy eating the agaric mushroom which is known for its hallucinogenic effects. A mushroom-maddened super reindeer was often seen leaping and bounding through the fields to clear the smallest obstacles. Ha!
9. Honey mushrooms are among the largest living organisms on Earth.
One single specimen in an Oregon forest covers 3.4 square miles and it’s estimated to be around 2,400 years old.
10. Mushroom grow super fast.
Once they break the surface of the ground they grow double their size in 24 hours.
11. They are still the only non-animal fresh food source of B12.
Although mushrooms are not significantly high in B12 they are still the only non-animal fresh food source of B12. Over the lifetime for a vegan who loves their mushrooms this could be of some significance.
12. They can taste like chicken.
There is an edible mushroom that grows in the wild call Laetiporus that reportedly tastes identical to chicken.
13. One big happy family.
Portobello mushrooms, button mushrooms and white mushrooms are all the same species of mushrooms, just at different maturity levels.