Oyster Mushrooms are:
Low in calories.
Have no cholesterol.
Contain almost no fat and sodium.
The amino acid count in mushrooms is higher per serving than corn, peanuts, and kidney and soy beans.
The vitamin content of mushrooms is actually similar to the vitamin content found in meat.
Mushroom Vitamins and Minerals:
Potassium: good for the heart, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and strokes.
Copper: aids iron (also found in mushrooms) in making red blood cells and delivers oxygen to the body.
Selenium: together with Vitamin E it produces antioxidants that neutralize "free radicals" which can cause cell damage.
Riboflavin for healthy skin and vision.
Niacin aids the digestive and nervous systems.
Pantothenic acid helps with the nervous system and hormone production.
A mycophile is someone whose hobby is to hunt edible wild mushrooms.
A mycologist is an expert in mushrooms and other fungi -from the Greek word mykes, meaning "fungus".
A mushroom is a fungus (from the Greek word sphongos, meaning "sponge").
A mushroom is classified as a fungus because it has no chlorophyll, produces spore and not seeds.
One Portabella mushroom generally has more potassium than a banana.
Mushrooms are composed of 90% water.
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'.
Drying mushrooms is the oldest and most commonly used way to preserve mushrooms, but they can also be canned, pickled or frozen.
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
Mushrooms have been used medicinally in China for more than 6,000 years. Ancient Chinese and Japanese practitioners have for centuries used specialty mushrooms but it is only now that scientists are learning how some mushrooms help the immune system.
There are hieroglyphics from 4600 years ago featuring mushrooms. Mushrooms were declared to be a food for royalty and no ordinary citizens could touch them. It was also believed that whoever ate these mushrooms would become immortal.
The Romans called mushrooms "food of the gods," and served them on festive occasions. They were thought to provide warriors with unusual strength.
PRE- MODERN EUROPE
Circa mid -1400's people thought mushrooms were grown by evil spirits. (This probably had something to do with folks not knowing the difference between edible and poisonous mushrooms)
France was the leader in the formal cultivation of mushrooms. It has been said that Louis XIV was the first mushroom grower. Around this time mushrooms were grown in special caves near Paris. this is where the name champignon de Paris originated.
The first evidence that mushrooms were used as human food in prehistoric Europe is the recent discovey of a bowl of field mushrooms in a Bronze Age house near Nola in Italy
In 1891, New Yorker William Falconer published Mushrooms: How to Grow Them - A Practical Treatise on Mushroom Culture for Profit and Pleasure, the first book on the subject.
The greatest event in the history of mushroom culture in the United States occurred in 1926 when a farmer found a clump of pure white mushrooms in a bed of uniformly cream-colored fungi. Most of the mushrooms grown in the US today are descendants of this white clump.