They are versatile, amazing and come in several types. We celebrate this month the Day of the Mushroom. Let’s learn more about them.
Mushrooms are the fruity spore of a fungus. There are tons of varieties. Their medicinal properties and benefits are immense.
Types of Mushrooms
Common types of mushrooms are white button, chantrelles, oyster, portobello, shittake and cremini.
The health benefits from mushrooms include relief from high blood pressure, lower cholestrol levels and an increase of immune system strength.
You should get up early in the morning to go mushroom picking. Nor should you eat mushroom with insect grubs in it. Neither myth is true, but these are just some of crazy myths about mushrooms.
Mushrooms are 85-95% water. Mushrooms also have their own immune system. They also are more closely realted in DNA to humans than to plants. They also can produce Vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight.
Edible and Poisionous
Ok, you see mushrooms growing under a tree or in your yard and you wonder if you can eat it. Use caution. If you aren’t sure about it, don’t eat it. Some can sicken you, some can kill you. If you must eat them, avoid eating them raw, or eating decaying, old mushrooms. Even if there’s a bite it in, avoid it.
One of the easiest ways to eat mushrooms is to sautee them. Remove the stems, wipe them off with a moist towel (to remove the dirt and then cut them up). Add them to a hot pan with some melted butter until brown. You can add sherry or any other wine to deglaze your pan. Also, you can fry mushrooms or roast them.
Chicken and Mushroom Risotto w/Tarragon
The creamy risotto paired with the mushroom equals major comfort food. Add chicken, parmesan-reggiano cheese, shallots and madera wine to this and it’s perfection.
Sauteed Merlot Mushrooms
This is such an easy side dish.Simply get a pound of mini bella, some merlot or another dry red wine, beef stock, soy sauce, butter, garlic powder, rosemary and some salt and pepper. Simply place everything in a pot and let this simmer and soak by four hours on low. Your taste buds will thank you later.
Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Wasabi Mayonaisse
Here’s a Delicious treat. Get a pound of fresh oyster mushrooms, some soft wheat flour, cold seltzer water, baking soda, rice flour and oil for frying. For the spicy wasabi mayo, take a 1/2 cup of mayo, a tablespoon of wasabi and 1 to 2 teaspoons or siracha sauce.
Mushroom and Spinach Ricotta Frittata
Frittatas are so versatile. This is a great main dish that can be a breakfast, brunch or dinner. This has onions, cremini mushrooms, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese or farmers cheese, spinach along with 6 eggs beaten with some salt and pepper. The results are amazing.
Wild Mushroom and Fontina Tart
Another meatless option.This tarts contains button, baby bella, shittake and oyster mushrooms. (However, if you don’t have these, any mushrooms will work.) Use a ready made pie crush, thyme, butter, salt and pepper and some fontina cheese. Place everything together and you have a savory tart.