- Mushrooms are in season year-round.
Health Benefits About Mushrooms:
- Mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin B, selenium, copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. They also provide protein, Vitamin C and iron.
- Mushrooms are the only natural food source of Vitamin D.
How to Select Mushrooms:
- Choose mushrooms that are firm with a fresh, smooth appearance. Stems should be firm with a uniform color.
- Avoid mushrooms with "bruises" or ones that are shriveling or feel slimy.
How to Store Mushrooms:
- Store mushrooms in their original package or a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Storing mushrooms in a plastic bag causes them to deteriorate quickly.
How to Prepare Mushrooms:
- Wash mushrooms briefly under running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Do not soak mushrooms as they easily absorb moisture.
- Trim stems before cooking.
Fun Facts About Mushrooms:
- There are over 30 species of mushroom that glow in the dark. The chemical reaction called bioluminescence produces a glowing light known as foxfire. People have been known to use these fungi to light their way through the woods.
- In ancient Egypt mushrooms were reserved for royalty, and ancient Romans thought mushrooms conferred strength to warriors.
- Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water.