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.