Why should we eat mushrooms?

What are the benefits?

Exotic mushrooms are a source of quality protein having essential amino acids and highly digestible. They have no cholesterol and are low in fat with ergosterol and polyunsaturated fatty acids, therefore very good for the heart. Exotic mushrooms are also a low calorific food with no starch and low sugars….a positive delight for diabetics! Exotic mushrooms are an anti-hypertensive food i.e. high fibre, low sodium and high potassium. They are an excellent source of vitamin B and C complex and are the only vegetable with a good source of vitamin D. They are rich in minerals like Copper (cardio-protective) and Selenium (anti-cancer) and have a wide range of nutritional benefits.

When it comes to cooking, nothing could be more versatile than the mushroom. As a starter, part of a main course, soup, risotto, pâté, sauce or as a great meat substitute for vegetarians – mushrooms are magic!

Nutritional Benefits

  • Stimulate the immune function
  • Inhibit cancerous tumour growth
  • Stimulate antiviral & antibacterial activity
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Reduce blood levels of fatty acids and sugars

Nutritional Value

  • Low in salt
  • High in Protein and Fibre
  • An excellent source of Potassium
  • High in Phosphorus and Sodium
  • Rich in vitamins b, C, D (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Nicin & Biotin
  • Good source of Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Selenium & Calcium
  • One of the world’s few food sources for the powerful antioxidant : Ergothioneine

Some popular mushroom recipes

Breakfast

Cheesy Mushroom Omelette

Chris Evans’ Big Breakfast

Mushroom Sourdough Bruschetta

Lunch

Mushroom Risotto

Garlic mushrooms and cured ham on toasted brioche

Mushroom and taleggio toastie

Mushroom wantons

Wild mushroom tartlets

Main Course

Mushroom & aubergine pizza pie

Mushroom & sausage pasta

Mushroom, spinach & potato pie

Roast poussins with wild mushroom sauce

Venison & wild mushroom Wellington

Venison meatball & wild mushroom stroganoff

Mushroom Recipes

Pickled Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms with Stilton

Sautéed wild mushrooms

Wild mushrooms on crostini (funghi trifolati)

Sauce

Beef in oyster sauce

Soup

Cream of cauliflower soup with sautéed wild mushrooms

Cream of wild mushroom soup

Stir-fried oyster mushroom broth

Walkers’ wild mushroom, bacon & barley broth

Starter

Deep-fried mushrooms

Irish Goats Cheese and Wild Mushroom Terrine

Chicken yakitori

Vegetarian

Artichoke & wild mushroom pie

Chestnut, leek and mushroom tartlets

Mushroom & goat’s cheese calzone

Quesadilla with chargrilled pepper, mushrooms and refried beans

Quick mushroom & spinach lasagne