10 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MUSHROOMS
1. Many mushrooms grow towards light, following the sun just like plant.
2. Mushrooms are composed of 90% water.
3. One Portabella mushroom generally has more potassium than a banana. Potassium is good for the heart, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and strokes.
4. Mushrooms provide you with a lean proteins source as they have zero cholesterol, fats and very low carbohydrates.
5. Mushrooms are useful not only as food and medicine; some are also being used in bioremediation, to absorb and digest dangerous substances like oil, pesticides and industrial waste, in places where they threaten the environment.
6. The Pharaohs prized mushrooms as a delicacy, and the Greeks believed that mushrooms provided strength for warriors in battle. The Romans regarded mushrooms as a gift from God and served them only on festive occasions, while the Chinese treasured them as a health food.
7. Mushrooms, particularly the Portabella are often used in place of meat in many dishes making them great for vegetarians and earning them the name of ‘beefsteak for the poor’.
8. Drying mushrooms is the oldest and most commonly used way to preserve mushrooms, but they can also be canned, pickled or frozen.
9. Picking wild mushrooms can be a dangerous hobby. Many mushrooms found in the wild look very similar to the edible variety but they are actually highly poisonous.
10. They contain vitamin D and are the only fruit or vegetable source of this critical vitamin. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight.