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Magical Mushrooms – Facts About This Magic Ingredient

Mushrooms are usually categorized as a herb, but they are precisely fungi. While there are over 14,000 mushrooms, only 2,000 are edible, about 700 have medicinal properties, and less than one percent are identified as poisonous.

Magic mushrooms have been used for thousands of years for both spiritual and medicinal use among the indigenous people. Here are a few facts about magical Mushrooms, the magic ingredient:

Magical Mushrooms

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  • Those who collect mushrooms for consumption are known as mycologists, and as such, they act of collecting them is known as mushroom hunting or simply "mushrooming".
  • The most consumed mushroom in the world is Agaricus mushroom or white button mushroom. It has two other forms – crusty or brown mushrooms with a more earthy flavor and a strong texture, and Portabella mushrooms have a large umbrella-shaped cap and meaty flavor.
  • Mushrooms contain about 80 to 90% water and are very low in calories. They contain very little sodium and fat and contain 8 to 10% fiber of dry weight. About 45% of the mushroom produced is consumed in fresh form. 
  • The remaining 55% is processed with 5% in a dehydrated form and 50% in canned mushrooms. This shelf life of mushrooms in fresh form is very short. Therefore mushrooms are traded in the world market.
  • Mushrooms are organic compounds and produce strong and vivid colors, and all colors of the spectrum can be obtained with mushroom dyes.