We have started other Did You Know Series, vegetable facts. Today we will talk about Mushroom facts. Some theories said that mushrooms are fungi, not the vegetable but in terms of nutrition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers mushrooms to be vegetables because they provide many of the same nutritional attributes of vegetables. So let’s start some more interesting facts about mushroom
Did you know these facts about a mushroom?
- Mushrooms are also known as toadstools.
- Mushrooms are a fungus, and not like plants, mushrooms do not require sunlight to make energy for themselves.
- The mushroom is a very nutritious food. Differing species can be an excellent source of vitamin B along with necessary minerals such as copper and potassium. While fat, carbohydrates, and salt content is very low.
- Traditional Chinese medication has utilized the medicinal properties of mushrooms for centuries.
- Modern research advises mushrooms can be beneficial for antibacterial, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. While also helping to decrease blood pressure, moderate blood sugar, decrease cholesterol, enhance the immune system, decrease stress, and help in fighting many types of cancer.
- A single Portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
- Mushrooms are made up of around 90% water.
- The mushroom is used in many cuisines throughout the world and it is known as the “meat” of the vegetable world.
- Most mushrooms were grown for human consumption nowadays are completed so in controlled, sterilized environments. The most famous kind representing 90% of mushrooms consumed in the US is the White button mushroom. The brown version of Agaricus bisporus known as the Crimini, and its mature version, Portobello, are both popular eatable mushrooms too.
- The world’s greatest producer of safe to eat mushrooms is China which produces about 1/2 of all cultivated mushrooms.
- Mycophagist is the time period used for human beings who accumulate mushrooms to eat from the wild. The act of collecting these mushrooms is known as ‘mushroom hunting’, or ‘mushrooming’.
- There are a few mushroom types discovered in the wild that are exceptionally poisonous. A wide variety of these seem like a frequent fit for human consumption species, consequently, it can be volatile accumulating wild mushrooms besides properly know-how for figuring out mushrooms.
- There are over 30 species of mushrooms that actually glow in the dark. The chemical reaction known as bioluminescence produces a glowing mild known as foxfire. People have been known to use these fungi to mild their way through the woods.
- In the Blue Mountains of Oregon is a colony of Armillaria solidifies that is believed to be the world’s biggest known organism. The fungus is over 2,400 years old and covers an estimated 2,200 acres (8.9 km2). Above ground, the honey mushrooms are short-lived however the underlying mycelium (branch-like vegetation) lives on.
- Before the invention of synthetic dyes, mushrooms were widely used for dyeing wool and other herbal fibers. Mushroom dyes are natural compounds and produce strong, vivid colors.