Here are some facts about mushrooms, the magic ingredient:
– Mushrooms are often classified as vegetables or herbs but are actually 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 is considered poisonous.
– People who collect mushrooms for consumption are called mycophages, and those who collect them are called mushroom pickers or simply "mushrooms". You can purchase magic mushrooms online by searching for an e-retail store.
– Only freshly picked or properly preserved specimens that are not too old should be consumed.
Once the edible mushrooms lose their freshness, bacterial colonies form, and stomach pain or worse symptoms can be expected if the specimen is ingested.
– The most widely consumed mushroom in the world or white button mushroom. There are two other forms – the crimini, or brown mushroom, with an earthy taste and firmer texture, and the portabella mushroom, with a large, umbrella-shaped cap and a meaty taste.
– The Egyptians considered mushrooms a delicacy, and the Greeks believed that mushrooms gave warriors strength in battle. The Romans viewed mushrooms as a gift from God and only served them on festive occasions, while the Chinese valued them as 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.