Mushrooms – Facts About This Magic Ingredient

Here are some facts about mushrooms, their magic potion:

– Mushrooms are often classified as vegetable or herbaceous, when in fact they are mushrooms.

– Although there are more than 14,000 mushrooms, only about 3,000 are edible, about 700 have certain healing properties, and less than one percent are considered poisonous. You may hop over to this site if you are looking for magic mushroom.

– People who collect mushrooms for consumption are called mycophagy, and collecting like that is called mushroom picking or simply "mushrooms".

– Only samples that are freshly picked or properly preserved and not too old should be consumed. After the edible fungus loses its freshness, a bacterial colony forms and abdominal pain or worse symptoms can be expected when the sample is ingested.

– The most consumed mushroom in the world is Agaricus bisporus, or mushrooms with white buttons. It has two other forms – a crimini, or brown, mushroom, with a more earthy taste and texture, and a portabella mushroom, with a large, umbrella-shaped cap and a flesh-like taste.

– The Egyptians considered mushrooms to be a delicacy, and the Greeks believed that mushrooms gave soldiers strength in battle. The Romans viewed mushrooms as a gift from God and only served them at celebratory occasions, while the Chinese considered them a healthy food.

Mushrooms contain about 80 to 90% water and are very low in calories (only 100 calories / ounce). They are very low in sodium and fat, and 8 to 10% of their dry weight is fiber.