Mushrooms

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Seasonality:

  • 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.
  • Curious about how mushrooms grow? Check out our tour of the To-Jo Mushrooms facility!

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