Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Everywhere!

Did you know that there are over 10,000 different types of mushrooms? The good, bad, and the definitely ugly!  Although I didn't appreciate mushrooms when I was young and thought they tasted "like dirt," I cook with them all the time now. In fact, I've discovered that various species of these fleshy and edible fungi add different flavors to food. Some common species found at the grocery store, include white button, cremini, bella, portobello, oyster, enokitake, and shitake. For more on these healthy quirks of the food chain, check out -

Wild mushrooms like porcini and chanterelle are also edible, but you should NEVER pick mushrooms in the wild and eat them unless you are a mushroom expert (known as a mycologist) or with an expert. Poisonous mushrooms like death cap, destroying angel, and Jack O' Lantern have very toxic personalities.

Promising health benefits being investigated include cardiovascular, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic properties. Wow!  So be adventurous, try oyster mushrooms in a stir-fry or chowder and let me know what you think. Recipes here.  Or send your favorite mushroom recipes!

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